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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