Hear from the founders of the food sector’s tastiest business success stories

The UK’s food and drinks sector is going from strength to strength. Developments in street food and markets, pop-up catering, hospitality and myriad innovative new product launches and trends all contribute to our growing reputation as a nation of foodies.

In 2017, consumer spending in the sector exceeded £219 billion with food and drinks exports worth more than £22 million to the economy. And with almost 7,000 micro, small and medium businesses active in the sector last year, there’s certainly no shortage of new brands eager to take a bite out of the market.

If you’re a small business owner in the food sector with big ambitions to take a piece of a profitable pie, don’t miss this opportunity to quiz our panel of foodie experts.

This is one of the British Library Business & IP Centre Network exciting high profile events featuring well-known names in business live from the British Library in London to Hull Central Library.

You can also watch this event from the comfort of your home or elsewhere with our live webcast, sign up here.

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6 – 7pm Opportunities for the Local Food Industry with networking

  • HullBID Marketing and Events Co-ordinator Catherine Goble who will be talking about the highly successful food events they run in the city centre, including the monthly Hull Street Food Nights and the annual Yum! Festival of Food and Drink which takes place in Queens Gardens across two days in August. Find out about the events themselves, how you can get involved, what documentation is required, and how they have gone from strength to strength.
  • Hilary Hamer of the Sustainable Food Project
  • Adrian Fisher of Rooted In Hull

7- 8.30pm Via webcast: Hear from the names behind some of the UK’s most successful food and drink brands, including; Praveen Vijn, co-founder of Eat Natural, Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford , Nadia Stokes, founder of Gourmet Goat and Pip Murray, founder of Pip & Nut, as they share stories on how they grew brands from their kitchen tables, got their products onto the supermarket shelves, developed a memorable brand and built a place for themselves in the hearts, minds and stomachs of a nation.

Moderated by Victoria Stewart, an experienced food journalist and broadcaster who has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Foodism and Conde Nast Traveller and founder of London Street Foodie .

8.30 – 9pm Networking and Close