The Food, Drink and Hospitality sectors make up a huge slice of the UK economy and employ close to 5 Million people.

It’s also an incredibly dynamic, fast moving area driven by changing consumer trends – trends such as flexitarianism that are creating huge opportunities for aspiring businesses. Not only that, but there are huge changes relating to supply chains, use of technology and staffing needs. And that’s all before Brexit!

These are sectors that see more new businesses being formed and funded than any other – food brands are regular recipients of crowd funding.

The seminar will include a short presentation on the outlook for UK Food, Drink and Hospitality, looking at the key and emerging trends. Our Panel will then take a look at where the best opportunities lie for growing businesses and the approach needed to make the most of them.

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The Panel:

Anita Murray, CEO William Murray Communications

Anita won PR Week’s ‘Young Achiever Award’ aged 26. Now with 25 years’ experience under her belt in the food, drink and hospitality sectors, she is a regular speaker and media contributor and has been listed in the Women 1st Top 100 women in the hospitality industry. But her biggest kick is still seeing a client’s reaction to great results.

Darren Mulvihill, Senior Equity Fund Raising manager at CrowdCube.

Darren leads Equity Fund Raising at Europe’s leading crowd funding platform. Darren has worked at Crowdcube for over two and a half years, having helped 42 businesses raise £18.4m on the platform. After working with businesses in a wide range of sectors and stages of development, he counts Plumen, GripIt and Infinity Health among the businesses he’s helped raise on the platform.

You can learn more about Darren in this interview.

Laura Willoughby MBE is co-founder of Club Soda, the Mindful Drinking Movement.

Their aim is to create a world where nobody feels out of place for not drinking. Club Soda has individuals, drinks brands, and social spaces in its membership.The inspiration for Club Soda comes Laura’s experience of giving up drinking seven years ago. A campaigner at heart with a background in movement building and politics, she realised that one of the big sticking points was a way to support people to take a self-guided journey to change their drinking. Club Soda has over 30,000 individual members, have built a venue listing guide for mindful drinkers (clubsodaguide.com) and they run the UK’s only Mindful Drinking Festival - the next one is this July.

Anita, Darren and Laura will be joined on the Panel by senior executives from some of the most innovative businesses in the UK Food, Drink and Hospitality sectors.

Timetable for the Evening:

6.30pm to 7.15pm – Networking Drinks and Canapes

7.15pm to 7.30pm – Presentation – The Big Trends in UK Food & Drink

7.30pm to 8.15pm – Panel Discussion

8.15pm to 8.30pm – Audience Q&A

8.30pm to 9.00pm – Networking Drinks to finish.

This Evening Seminar is free to access for all, but with limited places. Please register your interest in attending. Priority will be given to Business Owners or Directors of Food, Drink and Hospitality businesses.

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About Informed Funding

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