FDMB Live – Agenda and Timings

Please note – the Bidfood ‘drop in zone’ and trade suppliers exhibition are open all day

8.00am – Registration, Coffee, Teas and Networking 

Paul Caunce, Food & Drink Means Business FDMB Live

9.30am – Welcome and Introductions  – Paul Caunce, FDMB Live organiser

9.40am  – Andy Pearson, Bidfood – How the foodservice distribution model could help your business

10.00am  – My Start Up Story – Claire Brumby, Founder of Scrubbys Crisps and The Foodpreneur Coach 

11.00am – Rend Platings, CEO, Sugarwise – Successful Marketing of food and drink products to sugar conscious consumers (PHOTO CREDIT: Warren Gunn).

11.30am – My Start Up Story – Joe Evans, Director, Marlish Waters Ltd

12 noon – Lunch 

1.00pm – Workshops (see below for timings and locations) 


Ash Conference Room: 

1.00pm –  How to build a food and drink brand that makes an impact – Panel discussion led by Abel and Imray and Charlotte Moore of Smoothie PR 

1.45pmTaking on Your First Employee – Workshop with Joanne Stronach, Head of Employment and HR, Cartmell Shepherd

2.30pmFocus and Clarity = Sanity  – Workshop with Claire Brumby, The Foodpreneur Coach 

3.15pm Commercial Food Production Premises – Making The Right Move – Workshop with Brian Humphries, SALSA Auditor and Mentor 


Beech Conference Room

1.15pmNew Product Development Road Map – Considerations and processes when bringing a new product to market – Workshop with Lee Attwood, Fabric-Food

2.00pmLow Sugar Marketing  – Workshop with Rend Platings, CEO, Sugarwise 

2.45pm  – First Steps to Exporting  – Workshop with Sandra Thornber, Department for Trade and Anne Williams, Precision Data

3.15pm  – Insurance  – Workshop with Gary Clifton, Partner, NFU (Preston Agency)


Cherry Conference Room 

1.35pm – Making Instagram work for your food and drink business – Workshop with Morgana Loze-Doyle , Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

2.20pm – The Software Conundrum – Workshop with Diane Harvey, Signum Solutions 

3.00pm – So you think you are not eligible for a cash back from HMRC for R&D tax credits ? You could be so wrong  – Workshop with Ilyas Patel of www.taxexpert.co.uk 


4pm  – Close of event