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Food & Drink Innovation Network

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub
Venue: The University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, LE12 5RD
Date: Wednesday 30th January, 2019
Time: 9.30am - 2pm
Cost: Free

The food and drink manufacturing sector across D2N2 is one of the fastest growing in the UK. This event highlights the excellent local network that exists to support innovation and growth for SMEs in the sector.

Are you new to the sector or already established, and want to learn about business support available to help you and your business grow?

Would you like to learn more about funding and tax credits?

Perhaps you are an established food and drink manufacturer who is now looking at innovation and international trade?


This event highlights all the support provided through our local network of partners and aims to raise awareness of food trends for 2019 as well as measuring productivity.


Hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub and Nottingham City Council, in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Food Innovation Centre, this event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.





What’s on Offer?


From this event you will learn:


About the wide range of support available through the D2N2 Growth Hub.

About the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Nottingham and the support available through Enabling Innovation.

About the sector support available through the Food & Drink Forum and the FEAST programme.

How to claim Research & Development Tax Credits.

About the opportunities for International Trade.

How to measure and improve productivity.

About relevant food trends for 2019.






09h30 Arrivals, Coffee, and Networking

10h00 Welcome and Introduction to D2N2 Growth Hub – Ashreen Seethal (D2N2 Growth Hub)

10h20 Introduction to the Food Innovation Centre and Enabling Innovation – Richard Worrall (UoN)

10h40 FEAST – Andrew Collinson (Food & Drink Forum)

11h00 R&D Tax Credits – Sam Stephens (TBAT)

11h20 Break

11h40 International Trade – Karen Gallagher (DIT)

12h00 Productivity in Food Manufacturing – Michael Gash (UoN)

12h20 Q&A with the Panel

12h45 Lunch and Networking

13h15 Food Trends for 2019

13h45 Thanks and Close






About the D2N2 Growth Hub:

The D2N2 Growth Hub aims to power up your business by providing signposting, information and contacts for business services across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Our priority is to engage with business service providers (both public and private) to help small and medium sized pre-start-ups, start up and established businesses to grow.







In regulation with ERDF, the D2N2 Growth Hub can support your business if:

  • The business has fewer than 250 employees.

  • Not more than 25% of the business is owned by an organisation that in itself is not an SME.

  • Annual turnover is below £45 million.


For new business enquiries who have not currently engaged with the D2N2 Growth Hub, we require that an enrolment form is completed and signed. This is used as a record of support for auditing purposes as our project is fully funded under ERDF.

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