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IFDA Forum 2: Not the Menu and the Wine List but the Licence and the Lease
IFDA Forum 2: Not the Menu and the Wine List but the Licence and the Lease

Tuesday 27 June, 17.00 - 20.00
Northern Monk Brewing Co, The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, LS11 9YJ

This phrase is taken from Nick Lander’s seminal book, ‘The Art of the Restauranteur’, and highlights the fact that most people get into food and drink through passion rather than any business aptitude or lust for paperwork.

The food and drink sector is one of the most challenging imaginable in terms of bureaucracy and regulations - challenging patterns of recruitment and HR, never-ending hygiene and health and safety, not to mention the eponymous leases and licenses – It’s a combustible mix of fire, knives and alcohol!
This is a huge opportunity to receive an easily digestible “tool kit” of professional services, advice and insight which are absolutely tailored to food and drink start-ups. It’s the information that no one wants to hear, but will probably make as much difference to the success of their business as the hours they work or the quality of their food. This event is intended to sugar the pill for you!
Guest Speakers
Louisa Richards, Hawksmoor 
Christian Townsley, North Bar and North Brewing Co
Simon Wallace, Avensure HR
Dan Davies, Metis Property
Anthony Lyons, Kuits
Louisa Richards
Christian Townsley
There will be drinks from Northern Monk and nibbles from My Thai.
Book your place here
For IFDA Members please use your code at the checkout to receive your free ticket.
To become a member and get all four events for free, please visit the membership section on the website


Past Events

IFDA Forum: Leeds: Past, Present and Progress
IFDA Forum: Leeds: Past, Present and Progress
Tuesday 25 April, 16.00 - 20.00
Venue: The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ 

This year the Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA) will deliver the IFDA Forum 2017, as series of four events will take place across the City. The events have been carefully designed by Thom Hetherington and will provide the sector with a holistic, dynamic learning experience, hearing from some of the UK’s sector experts.

The first of four IFDA Forum events, we will start with taking a look at Leeds Food and Drink sector.
What are Leeds’ USPs and who or what are the key organisations or individuals in the local food and drink ecology? Where is Leeds going, what does it need and where are the opportunities for food and drink entrepreneurs?

It is too easy for regional cities to become introspective and inward-looking, so for Leeds to build on its strengths it must be honest about its limiting factors, aware of its strengths, open to opportunities, and it must benchmark against comparable cities at home and abroad look to outside voices for inspiration and innovation.


Jamie Campbell, CGA Peach
Lucy Noone, Allied London
Martin Wolstencroft, Arc Inspirations
Duncan Pitfield, D&D London

IFDA member: FREE
Public: £25
Members' Networking Event: Festival And Event Catering
Members' Networking Event: Festival And Event Catering
Monday 27 March, 17.00 - 20.00
Venue: Sela Bar, 20 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

Festival and Event Catering; The pros, the cons and avoiding the con merchants.

"Which events to do? which ones to avoid!"
"How to predict sales, stock and staffing?"
"What do event organisers really look for?"

For this event, hosted by Mark Young, owner of Sela Bar (and The Social, operator of Eat Our Pizza mobile, an occasional mobile bar and Beer B-Q burgers) we will be in conversation with the experts who have first-hand experience of trading at events, from small local events and private bookings, Trinity Kitchen, to the ‘holy grail’, Glastonbury, as well as curating and running events. 

The conversation will tackle the issues and opportunities faced by traders, at any stage of business growth and questions to the hand-picked experts will be welcomed. 

We have had many requests for more insight into festival and event catering; which events to do, which ones to avoid! Where to launch, how to plan for big events, predicting sales and stock, staffing, scaling up to operate at multiple sites and running multiple concepts.

A newly launched Facebook private discussion group, in response primarily to some significant increases in pitch fees, has highlighted the growing necessity for this conversation and is a welcome extension of the mutual support network that traders have always fostered between themselves. 

Mark will also be slinging pizza and pouring craft beers.

In Conversation:
Andrew Critchett – Founder of Fish& and NorthernStrEats, a British Street Food Awards winner and IFDA consultant, one of the first wave of street food traders in the North.
Lucie Mountain – Founder of Crepe Lucette and master of being in more than one place at the same time, with a small fleet of trailers.
Adam Bryson – Founder of Kerb Edge. Burger slinger at festivals and the kitchens of Head of Stream pubs, in Leeds and Hull. Also, always in several places at once. How do they do this?
Jason Bailey – Occasional Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! slinger and founder of the always brilliant street food market, Grub Manchester, clearly run for the enjoyment of the public, as well as the traders. Which is a very, very good thing.

Members' Business Health Checks
Members' Business Health Checks

Wednesday 22 March, 13.00 - 17.00

Venue: Manahatta, 11 Merrion St, Leeds LS1 6PG

IFDA are hosting our second Business Health Check ‘Speed Dating’ session at Manahatta. The concept of this exciting event is to give your business access to a range of professional business advisors who bring a broad range of experience and expertise on; food and drink, FMCG, start up’s, funding, marketing, branding etc. You will spend up to 20 minutes with each advisor talking through your business plan (please bring this with you on the day) and drawing on their experience to help you get a fresh perspective on your business plans, vision and identity. Whether you’re a start up or established business using our experts as a soundboard will provide an invaluable and insightful experience to businesses of any size.

Due to demand, those who attended last time will not qualify to register for this event.

There are a limited number of spaces so register here now to avoid disappointment.

February Networking event at the Ox Club
February Networking event at the Ox Club

Monday 27 February 2017, 17.00 - 20.00

Venue:  Ox Club, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU

With February around the corner, we’re excited to reveal the details of our next networking event and this time around we’ll have Ben Davy, Executive chef at Ox Club. Fresh from the successes of last year’s Michelin Guide nods & inclusion in the Waitrose Good Food Guide, this is one not to miss. 

Ben will be talking about how to make the most of seasonality and provenance along with keeping products cost effective. You can also expect Ben to chat through menu writing, using Instagram and finding your ‘thing’. Of course it wouldn’t be an Ox Club experience without seeing that famous grill fired up and the chance of a cooking demonstration. 

This is going to be a red hot ticket, so click here to book and get Monday 27 February 5pm-8pm in your diaries. 

Working with independents: opportunities and insights from Victoria Gate and John Lewis 
Working with independents: opportunities and insights from Victoria Gate and John Lewis 

Tuesday 17 January 2017, 17.00 - 20.00

Venue: The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Get your diaries out, it’s time to reveal our January networking event and this time we’re headed off to The Tetley for drinks and nibbles coupled with some serious insights. 

This time around we’ve got James Bailey, the General Manager of Victoria Leeds, who you might remember from the talk that he gave at Kirkgate Market a while ago which was absolutely jam packed with common sense and solid advice.  Victoria estate includes not only the new Victoria Gate but also Victoria Quarter, where he manages a portfolio of independent retail and hospitality tenants.  Prior to his current role, James was the general manager of the White Rose centre.

James Bailey will be joined by James Prince, the Manager of John Lewis Leeds. John Lewis have been long-time supporters of local businesses, by providing opportunities to independents to get their products on the coveted John Lewis shelves and let’s not forget the legendary John Lewis customer service ethos. One that no doubt, any business at any stage, will benefit from hearing about. 

Pay and display parking is available at the front of the building.

Members book your places here!

Meet the owner, networking and Brewery Tour
Meet the owner, networking and Brewery Tour

Thursday 8 December 2016, 18.00 - 20.30

Venue: North Brewing Co., Unit 6, Taverner’s Walk Estate, Sheepcar Grove, Leeds, LS7 1AH

Join us as we celebrate the IFDA’s first Christmas! 
North Brewing Co are hosting our Christmas event at their Brewery Tap, Sheepscar Grove. You will have the opportunity to not only sample their beer but to learn about the brewing process with a tour from head brewer Seb. 
Food will be provided by IFDA’s very own, Pizza Loco and you will have the opportunity to hear from North Brewing Co Director, Chrisitan Townsley who will be telling us about their story, Managing Business Growth: From Bars to Brewery.
This event is open to all IFDA Members and friends of the industry, don’t forget to RSVP to get your complimentary beer and slice!

Book your place now

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