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Pop up Business Cafe Posted: 2 November

  

The Popup will be open from 9.00 - 12.30pm and will have local experts waiting to give practical answers to your questions on a range of business topics.  Totally informal, non-sales, turn up when you like, leave when you like, come back again when you feel like it.  It's a cafe, not a conference.

Oh, and the advice is FREE!
So, come along and chat with an expert at the informal drop in sessions throughout the morning, for genuinely free business advice.  Ask questions of people who know about:
1.       Accountancy and tax
2.       Funding
3.       Marketing
4.       Social Media
5.       Skills
6.       Websites
7.       Starting up
8.       Growing your business
9.       New Markets
10.     Innovation

Just so you know, if the event is busy, a booking system will operate to give you 20 minutes with an expert. When you arrive, please identify who you would like to talk to, and think about the questions you really want answers to so you can make the most of your time. 

Book your place here

Date and Time: Tue 22 November 2016 at 09:00 – 12:30 GMT

Location: Sunnybank Mills,83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ 

20% off exclusive training and development opportunity Posted: 28 October

Leeds BeckettWe have secured an opportunity with Leeds Business School for IFDA members to receive 20% discount on learning and development opportunities during November. Workshops include: Intermediate Social Media, Effective Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Digital Marketing, Business Planning using the Business Model Canvas, Public Speaking with Confidence, Mindfulness for Decision Making, Networking Skills, The Business Environment. You can book onto one or more workshops depending on your requirements.
 

Could this be an opportunity for you?! Posted: 27 September

The Independent Food and Drink Academy are expanding our team and are looking for a dedicated foodie to join us. We are looking for a food and drink consultant with expertise in training, events and crucially independent food and drink to join the IFDA project team. The Food and Drink Consultant will be responsible for working with the team to drive the strategy and focus of the membership. 

Please click on the enclosed PDF to learn more

Special Offer to IFDA Members Posted: 26 September

We have a special offer for our Independent Food and Drink Academy members to have a 1-1 session with our Business Advisor, Coach and Mentor; Gail Cherry. You can book a 1 hour slot with Gail to discuss your business, challenges, issues, opportunities and benefit from a private consultation focused on you and your business. We have a number of dates running in October, November, December and its first come first serve. We have 24 sessions in total and you can book more up to 3 sessions, 1 per month… if you’re quick. 

Location:
October 1 - 1 sessions will be hosted at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
November 1 - 1 sessions
will be hosted at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
December 1 - 1 sessions
will be hosted at the Dock 29, The Boulevard Dock, The Blvd, Leeds LS10 1PZ

Gail Cherry is a facilitator, mentor and coach to entrepreneurs and since 2003 has helped more than 500 people to effectively design, align and start their own successful business.

Gail likes to think that she has the knack of being able to take what might seem like, to an entrepreneur, a dull yet essential business task and turn it into an interesting, exciting and engaging process. She is known for taking coaching into the outdoors, and for her: likeability, empathy, integrity, credibility, patience & diligence…
…and for supporting and challenging people to their best questions. In short, she helps people learn new things to work through the challenges of starting and running a new, early stage or established business; the right things for them.

To book your place(s) please follow the link

IFDA Members' Business Health Checks Posted: 23 September

IFDA are hosting our first members only 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 (if you have one, 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.

You can choose from 2 sessions:
Morning Session
9.30-10.00- Arrival, Registration and Coffees.
10.00-12.00 - Your 1-1 with our panel of Business Mentors, Coach and Advisors
Afternoon Session
13.30-14.00pm - Arrival, Registration and Coffees.
14.00-16.00pm - Your 1-1 with our panel of Business Mentors, Coach and Advisors

Mentors, Coaches, Advisors confirmed so far:
 
Sue Burgess ‘Head of Markets at Leeds City Council’Sue Burgess
 
Sue joined Leeds City Council in January 2010 to run the political leadership office, and has been Head of Markets since January 2011, where she is currently leading a multi-million pound refurbishment programme in a live retail environment.

In a career spanning over 30 years, before joining the public sector Sue has owned and run her own small businesses in the UK and abroad in Germany and the Canary Islands, in areas such as European travel, print and design, hospitality, and network sales of fair trade essential oils from around the world. Sue graduated BA (Hons) 1st class in Environment, Leisure and Heritage Management from the University of Leeds in 1998 and is a member of the Institute of Place Management.

Specialising in place management from 1998 onwards, she was the first City Manager of Ripon in North Yorkshire, bidding successfully for SRB funding for a £13 million town centre regeneration project. Moving into the public sector, Sue worked in Economic Development for North Yorkshire County Council specialising in support for rural business and becoming the Council’s social enterprise champion. She was a senior consultant for private sector consultancy ECOTEC before joining Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council in December 2005 as their town centre and markets manager, undertaking a major redesign and investment in the famous Stockton markets

Amrit Choda ‘Business Growth Manager at LEP Growth Service’ 

Amrit is passionate about innovative business support, making it easy for people to do business together and develop effective, mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships. She has over 20 years’ experience of project management, business support and development, working with a range of organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors. 

Amrit played the lead role in working with the Ahead Partnership to set up the Business Support Local programme in LS28, where she worked with local businesses to develop stronger, more successful business networks as well as better links between the local community, employers and schools. The programme also encouraged wider engagement in local civic life, involving local businesses in developing employability skills of school pupils, creating apprenticeships, supporting community and cultural projects and improving the environment. 

The LEP Growth Service aims to help small and medium sized businesses in Leeds City Region to develop and grow. Businesses based in Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York, can access a wide range of support and funding through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and its network of partners to help realise their growth ambitions.

David Baggaley ‘Economic Development Programme Lead at Leeds City Council’ 

David leads on SME business engagement and in delivering the LEP Growth Service in Leeds. Funded jointly by local authorities and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the service is designed to link SMEs in Leeds and the wider city region into the wide range of business support available to support their growth plans. 

He has worked closely with companies in the manufacturing sector and with UTC Leeds, the new university technical college which opened in September 2016. UTC Leeds has been set up to bridge the skills gap in the sector and promote careers in engineering and manufacturing industry to young people. 

His professional background is in marketing and communications management, with specialist expertise in editorial design, online communications, public relations and event management. He also has extensive experience of inward investment marketing and project management. 

David is a graduate of both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, has a Masters degree from the University of York and the CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

Gail Cherry ‘Professional Coach at Torchlight Coaching’ 

Gail Cherry is a facilitator,mentor and coach to entrepreneurs and since 2003 has helped more than 500 people to effectively design, align and start their own successful business.

Gail likes to think that she has the knack of being able to take what might seem like, to an entrepreneur, a dull yet essential business task and turn it into an interesting, exciting and engaging process.  She is known for taking coaching into the outdoors, and for her: likeability, empathy, integrity, credibility, patience & diligence…

…and for supporting and challenging people to their best questions. In short, she helps people learn new things to work through the challenges of starting and running a new, early stage or established business; the right things for them.

Nick Copeland ‘Food Impresario’ 

Nick is a brand marketeer, writer and food impresario with experience in businesses and events both big and small.

Nick’s career began in the 90s, working in publishing after spending time as a head chef in a Brighton Theatre restaurant. He moved to Leeds in 1997 and worked as a freelance writer working with designers and agencies all over the region. Over a period of almost two decades he has worked with big brands like Silver Cross, Asda, Boots, Lloyds, as well as smaller local brands such as Debbie and Andrews sausages.

In 2009 he branched out into food and drink promotion, working with Sue Burgess at Leeds Kirkgate Market on The Source – a pop-up stall where local artisan makers and bakers could trial their ideas, test their products and see if the market was the place for them. This resulted in a number of high profile new stalls coming into the market, and a host of new businesses finding their feet. He has also been involved in Leeds Food Festival, helping launch the popular Handmade in Yorkshire element and the World Feast event on Briggate. He has also helped run events such as Cornucopia Underground and is co-instigator of the popular Homage2Fromage cheese club.

To find out more about Nick follow the link

Simon Fogal, 'Director I Like Press and Co-Founder Leeds Indie Food'

"A Leeds local who is passionate about the city, he has become a champion of new business start-ups, food and beer advocate for the city and runs Leeds Indie Food, whilst making beats in I Like Trains"

Simon Fogal leads on festivals, social and specialist PR for I Like Press having co-founded the company properly in 2012. In 2014 he co-founded Leeds Indie Food and works across the city supporting events like Live at Leeds, OnRoundhay, Beacons Metro and Slam Dunk. 

Ever the entrepreneur, Fogal studied at Leeds College of Music and has been a touring musician for over 10 years. Having gained experience on the road with how the music industry worked. Fogal has since been involved in music events, promoting gigs, tour managing and booking shows. It wasn’t till 2009 when he needed to work on his own bands promo, he joined forces with the other Simon (Glacken) that ILP became an idea and reality. Gaining knowledge on communications at various jobs, 2012 saw I Like Press receive investment and start working within other sectors, with Food and Drink high on the agenda. Fogal has been part of the growth of Belgrave Music Hall, Bundobust, Headrow House and Northern Monk Brew Co to name a few. Leeds Indie Food came about as a need for the City to do something different in shouting about the food offer. Leeds Indie Food is one of the fastest growing festivals in the country. The first year attracted 14,000 people and the second year 22,000, plans are a foot for LIF17. 

Click here to register your place

LAST WEEK TO BOOK - York Food and Drink Conference - September 28th Posted: 23 September

 

We are now just a few days away from York’s first Food and Drink Conference. We have a great line up of speakers and there will no doubt be lots of tips and experiences for people in food and drink industries. With tickets still available it would be great if you were able to share  the event to your clients and contacts whom you think may benefit from it. For tweets please use the #YorkFarm2fork. 
Come and network with us over lunch as I would love to see you there.

For more information click here 

Manjit's Kitchen ‘’Networking and Meet the Owner’’ event  Posted: 14 September

Our first ‘’Networking and Meet the Owner event’’ at Manjit’s Kitchen in the new Leeds Kirkgate Market Food Court was a brilliant success! On 6th September we welcomed businesses from across the City region to join us for breakfast and sample delicious spicy egg parathas and Indian fruit salad and warm masala chai tea. We listened to the inspiring tale from Manjit’s Kitchen from conception to where they are now and some of the challenges and successes along the way. We were joined by 15 hungry businesses including Golden Balls Kitchen, ParmStar, Bloom Bakers and Smak! it was great to hear the sharing of ideas and inspiration.

‘’The IFDA breakfast network meeting was an opportunity to invite people involved in food businesses to our cafe and to sample some of our breakfast options. We served Spicy Egg Parathas, Indian fruit salad and Masala Chai. Small business owners like us can sometimes feel we are on like we are on our own, so opportunities to network and share ideas and knowledge are valuable. The meeting held in the market focused talk about the market and our experiences here. People were taking talking about the market and the potential opportunities for trading here. We look forward to next network meeting.’’

Manjit's Kitchen, September, 2016.

If you would like to host our next IFDA breakfast event please get in touch to learn more about what this entails ifda@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

  

 

A new Channel 4 food series is looking for restaurateurs to take part Posted: 13 September

The series will focus on secret/hidden restaurants and cafes and also interesting or unusual restaurants that are in the process of being built or converted.

Are you about to undertake a restaurant/cafe build or conversion that we can follow for a few weeks? We’re looking for someone who is perhaps converting an old barge in to a bistro or something really unusual into a food truck or even a food truck vendor who is setting down roots for the first time – particularly if their premises are in an really quirky or strange building. We're looking for projects that are due to be completed or near completion by December this year.

If you think you might the bill or are undertaking a really innovative project then we'd love to hear from you soon.

Please contact ellie.rennie@boomerang.co.uk

Foodies, you maybe interested in an upcoming event held by Feed Leeds Posted: 7 September

Leeds: City of Food Culture?
An opportunity to shape the Leeds Culture Strategy to include sustainable food #Leeds2023 also Report on Leeds Food Audit and Launch of Leeds Food Partnership. Come and share your concerns, ideas, suggestions and experience.

Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00
Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre - Maurice Keyworth Building, Clarendon Rd / Moorland Rd, Leeds, LS6 1AN (The Old Grammar School Buidling) Moorland Rd, Leeds, Leeds, LS6 1AN

Book you place

Innovation Network Event - 'Cyber Security: Impact and Opportunities' Posted: 5 September

This event, run by Leeds Beckett University and Digital Catapult Yorkshire, will be hosted by the Yorkshire Post on Wednesday 28th September from 08:30 - 10:30.

Aimed at SME businesses who are looking to innovate and grow, the event will provide you with an introduction to the topic of Cyber Security, addressing the key issues and opportunities.

Keynote speakers from AQL, Lloyds Banking Group and the Cybercrime and Security Innovation (CSI) Centre at Leeds Beckett University will be addressing issues ranging from: how Cybercrime can affect SME businesses; to discussing how to find innovative solutions to protect your business from cybercrime; as well as exploring opportunities that are arising from this new sector.

Innovation Network events are a great opportunity to gain new business contacts and to engage with the University, Digital Catapult and media partners. This event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

To secure your place please register here

If you would like further information, please contact Jenn Coates on j.coates@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or 0113 812 5987.

Leeds Kirkgate Market Fresh Food and Produce Retail Opportunity Posted: 2 September

Our IFDA partners at Leeds City Council have a great opportunity for you!

They are looking for expressions of interest from food retailers, in the refurbished fresh food and produce area in the Market.

Recently voted Britain’s Favourite Market 2016, and awarded the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence in 2014 and 2015. The biggest Indoor Market in Europe has a large and loyal following on social media with over 20,000 Twitter followers and 6,000 likes on Facebook as well as its own dedicated customer facing website, www.leedsmarkets.co.uk. Especially important in a city with over 37,000 students at our 3 universities, a significant AB/ABC1 catchment area comprising Leeds city centre and wealthy surrounding areas such as Harrogate, Otley, Ilkley and York.

The Opportunity

The launch of a new, dedicated food hall presents a completely new concept for the market. For the first time in its history, bringing together meat, fish, game and other fresh food produce in one area. Including all the well known fishmongers, butchers, seafood and greengrocery units. An ideal place for the public to visit, not only to sample all of the local fresh produce, but also to get a taste of foods from around the world.

The Market is now expanding the area available to food retailers, and are looking for interesting, different and unique offers to compliment the traders who already trade there.

All units will be located in the recently refurbished Food and Beverage area. The Market is offering:

  • Low risk, easy in/out terms
  • Affordable rents for high-profile, city centre location
  • Assignable lease
  • High specification food units – walk in and trade.

The opening in October 2016 of the brand new Victoria Gate Shopping experience and the biggest John Lewis store outside of London, literally next door is sure to boost footfall, adding to the 8.5 million customers that already come through the doors every year

Please register your details to receive more information.

The attached PDF will give you all the Information you need to know.

Please send your application by post to: Leeds City Council, Markets Service, 34 George Street, Leeds LS2 7HY or for electronic submissions please email: markets@leeds.gov.uk

IFDA Partners Posted: 17 August

Our wonderful IFDA partners at Leeds City Council have a great opportunity for you. They are looking for expressions of interest from street food mobilers for their outside catering pitches at Kirkgate Market.

The indoor market proudly hosts Zm Zm Bakery, Yorkshire Wrap.Co, Tea Pot, Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Manjit’s Kitchen and Banh & Mee. Street Food is widely available and is greeted enthusiastically by the people of Leeds. The Market now wants to attract similar quality of vendors and high end mobilers for its outside catering pitches.

The opening in October 2016 of the brand new Victoria Gate Shopping experience and the biggest John Lewis store outside of London, literally next door is sure to boost footfall, adding to the 8.5 million customers that already come through the doors every year.

If you are interested please contact timothy.dixon@leeds.gov.uk or contact the Markets information centre on 0113 378 1950

Click here for more information

Hammerson Posted: 15 August   

Free Breakfast and Networking Posted: 2 August

Last free chance to taste IFDA before you join!

Don't miss out and register your place for the last chance to attend IFDA Breakfast and Networking event at Manjit's Kitchen.

Date and Time: 6 September 2016, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue: Manjit's Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market Food Court, 28-34 George St, Leeds, LS2 7HY

Manjit is a legend in street food, not just in Leeds either. Now in her first ever permanent unit in Kirkgate Market’s new food kitchen, Manjit will talk about her journey into street food, from her early beginnings to the fame she enjoys today. Attendees will be treated to a delicious Indian breakfast prepared by the lady herself!

Register now: ifda@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Careers Fair Catering Posted: 30 June

We have an exciting opportunity for IFDA members to register their interest in providing catering for Leeds Beckett University upcoming Annual Careers Fair hosted at the University on Wednesday 26 October 2016. The fair will take place at James Graham Building, Headingley campus, from 11:00 – 3:00pm, and hopes to attract over 1000 students from across the university. Allocation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There are four spaces available.

In order for IFDA members to attend we will need information on the following items:

  • What type of food will be served e.g. hot or cold
  • Company must be registered with the Local Authority
  • Need to see last Food Safety Inspection and a Scores on the Doors Rating of 4* or 5*
  • If preparing food on site companies would also need to provide evidence that their staff had completed a recognised Food Safety Course
  • Dependant on what companies want to do on the day an appropriate Risk Assessment

There will be no booking charge for the members to attend the day.

If you are interested please contact Richard Stringer on R.Stringer@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or 0113 81 25664 by Friday 12 August 2016.

New Academy to boost Leeds independent food scene Posted: 26 April

Independent food traders in Leeds and the surrounding areas will soon be able to access a unique business service - the Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA) – a joint venture run by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council (LCC), and supported by Leeds Business Improvement District (BID).

The IFDA, was launched on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 April at the Belgrave Music Hall and Trinity Kitchen, and provides advice, support and training to small independent enterprises, from street food traders to established small businesses. Its objective is to help to professionalise, sustain and grow the independent food and drink sector in the Leeds city region by providing a blend of contextualised learning and development opportunities.

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