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Food and drink business leaders come together for third Ward Hadaway event

Ward Hadaway hosted a number of business executives from Yorkshire's food and drink industry at the third Industry Leaders' Forum to discuss major issues affecting the sector.

Philip Jordan of Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office

The exclusive event at Rudding Park Hotel & Spa near Harrogate, follows on from the inaugural event in June 2017 and a follow-up in November 2017. It was organised by Ward Hadaway, Santander, Mazars and JLT and brought together leading figures in the Yorkshire food and drink industry.

Guests were invited to bring along samples of their produce for a “God’s Pantry” networking session at the start of the event. Three short seminars were followed by a dinner and keynote speech from Ian Wright, Director General for the Food & Drink Federation.

He said: “One of the defining features of the UK food and drink industry is its truly national character. Our sector spans the length and breadth of the country with businesses in every region. Events such as these are vital in ensuring we come together to discuss the issues and opportunities facing us.

“The food and drink industry is severely impacted by Brexit. We are the UK’s largest manufacturing sector and our success has been built on a close trading and regulatory relationship with the EU for over 40 years. It is vital Brexit negotiations achieve four key outcomes – frictionless, tariff-free trade, access to our valued EU workforce, a stable regulatory regime and a special deal for Ireland.”

The event enabled leaders in the food and drink sector to meet with peers, hear the views of a variety of leading sector specialists and share their own insights into the future of the sector.

Alastair Morris Relationship Director of Santander, added: “Santander are delighted to continue demonstrating our support for the region’s Food and Drink sector.

“Yorkshire is rightly known globally for the beauty of its scenery, the friendliness of its inhabitants and the quality of its food. The industry is thriving with many new and diverse products all drawing on the unique qualities of the county.

“The event is designed to bring together some the best producers and manufactures to discuss industry trends, share best practice and sample some delicious food and drink! Fantastic once again to see so many people attending.”

Philip Jordan of Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, said: “We want to help grow Yorkshire’s food and drink sector and this year we discussed exports, GDPR, Brexit and more.

“The food and drink industry in Yorkshire is really strong and we saw an opportunity to bring together businesses in this sector and collaborate with the other sponsors in a field in which we all specialise.”

The next event will be held at Rudding Park on Thursday, November 8th.

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