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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

Members' Business Health Checks
Members' Business Health Checks

Tuesday 15 November, 10.00 - 16.00

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

IFDA are hosting our first 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.

There's limited number of spaces so register here now to avoid disappointment

Members' Networking: From China to Vietnam – Banh & Mee Foodpreneurs
Members' Networking: From China to Vietnam – Banh & Mee Foodpreneurs

Monday 14 November, 16.30 - 18.00

Venue: Kirkgate Suite, Leeds Kirkgate Market (1904 Hall), 28-34 George St, Leeds LS2 7HY

Mylinh and Sengy set up new street food café Banh and Mee at Kirkgate Market earlier this year.  This was by no means their first venture, having spent many years in the world of Asian restaurants, a family business.  The venture into Viet street food is their passion and now, their great success!  Come along to hear tips and advice from a team who truly have ‘been there, done that’ in terms of new ventures, business expansion, bricks and mortar businesses, brand identity and diversifying in a completely new direction.

On the menu will be a range of Vietnamese ‘small plate’ foods, some vegetarian. 

Bring a friend for free: IFDA members, you can bring along a friend for free to this event. Please ensure they register for this event too.

Kirkgate Market Heritage Tour  IFDA members and your guests will also have the opportunity to take part in the Kirkgate Market Heritage Tour starting at 6-6.30pm.

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