IFDA Forum: Leeds: Past, Present and Progress


A holistic, dynamic learning experience, hearing from some of the UK’s sector experts


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?

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.

Speakers:
Jamie Campbell, CGA Peach

“Jamie is the perfect opening speaker for the inaugural IFDA Forum, as no one knows more about trends and dining metrics across the UK than CGA, and he can give a completely independent benchmark as to where Leeds currently is.”
Lucy Noone, Allied London

“Lucy, a Leeds Beckett graduate, worked for some of the UK’s finest hospitality operators before a role talent-spotting the world’s coolest food concepts, and is thus perfectly placed to inspire Leeds as to what it could and should be.”
Martin Wolstencroft, Arc Inspirations

“Martin is your archetypal hospitality entrepreneur. He knows Leeds back to front, but with expanding operations across Yorkshire and Manchester he brings a broader perspective and experience to go with his passion for the city.”