The first ever FDMB Live event for start ups and seriously ambitious food and drink entrepreneurs took place on Tuesday March 26th at Myerscough College, Lancashire.
The relaxed and intimate day had a speaker line up including Lisa Smith, Managing Director of Ginger Bakers, and Amy Cheadle, co-founder of The Northern Dough Co. The ‘my start up story’ sections saw both give advice, tips and an honest assessment of their highs and lows of being a food and drink entrepreneurs.
Anne Betty of AB Food Nutrition, Gary Clifton of NFU Mutual (Preston Agency), Bonnie Joplin of SALSA and Charlotte Moore of Smoothie PR gave insightful talks throughout the day, with Colin Porter, Customer Experience Manager of 28 store high end retailer Booths, concluding the day with a passionate and energetic speaker slot.
The day also included an exhibition of FDMB North West partner companies who exhibited products and services as diverse as chilled packaging, label printers and R&D tax credit claim advice.
Charlie Nielens of Willow Cottage Kitchen, a delegate on the day said “Yesterday’s live event was phenomenal! The first of many I’m sure. It was a well thought out agenda with some outstanding speakers.
“We made friends on the day, which is very important to us, as sometimes it can be a bit lonely and you feel like you’re the only business going through tough times.”
A thrilled FDMB Publisher and Event organiser Paul Caunce (pictured below) said “Since we launched North West Food and Drink Means Business as a magazine last year, we were constantly asked if we were planning any networking events. Having witnessed first-hand just how busy food and drink businesses are at festivals, farmers markets and trade shows, it became obvious why we were getting asked this question. Networking in that type of environment is near impossible.”
“We thought that if we could get some of the most exciting North West start-ups and seriously ambitious food and drink entrepreneurs together in one place, with a first-class panel of speakers, and an exhibition from our partners and sponsors, that something special would happen.
“The day turned out to be everything that people wanted, needed and more.”
On his thoughts for future events, Caunce said “FDMB Live will return, without question. The need for this kind of event for start ups and seriously ambitious food and drink businesses is absolutely essential.”