This evening meeting is a chance to learn about best practice in promoting your business via social media, as well as use some old fashioned face to face networking skills to learn about local resources for food and drink businesses and discover key issues facing the sector at the moment. The session will consist of an engaging presentation on the use of social media for food and drink businesses, followed by networking, and then a line-up of short presentations by consultants and local businesses on relevant issues/topics affecting the sector.

The event is aimed at Eastern, Midlands and South East food and drink businesses, professionals and consultants. Sign up early if you would like to be assigned one of the presentation slots.

The event has two, complementary, aims.

  1. To educate consultants and food businesses on Social Media. How to use Social Media to project your business – so yes, advertising, but there are a wide range of options now available:- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. On the other side, how do you protect yourself and your business – so for example, having social media policies in place for staff?
  2. To provide an opportunity for the Consultancy group to explain what they do to local food businesses and other consultants using the oldest method of social media – face to face presentation.


18.15 Arrival & registration
18.30 Introduction and Welcome, Andy Kerridge & Carol Raithatha
18.35 A foodies guide to social media – 8 key ingredients , Sarah Daniels, The RedCat Partnership Ltd.19.15 Light Buffet & Networking opportunities

20.00 Consultants and Local Businesses presentations (find out how to present below)

CCP or not, John BassettFood Authenticity: Testing is not always the answer, John Points

From Negative to Positive” Turning around a Client site following a failed customer audit to a pass, Louise Roberts

21.00 Q & A Session

21.30 Close


We are offering delegates an opportunity to present on topics of relevance for food and drink businesses (NO DIRECT SELLING!) Presentation time (7 mins).

If you would like more information about presenting please contact Andy Kerridge via the email link on the right hand side.


Consultants, local food business representatives, local IFST members

COST: £20.00 IFST members, £50.00 non-members

Further information, including registration can be found using the link on the right hand side.