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  • Business Conference & Exhibition 2017
  • New Venue for the 2017 Conference
  • Keynote Speaker

Business Conference - BFFF


Our 7th Annual Business Conference took place on Tuesday 7th March at our new venue, the Birmingham Hilton Metropole.

More than 200 delegates attended the event and enjoyed our exhibition before an informative and thought provoking programme looking at ‘Understanding our Consumers’, ‘Our Markets’, and ‘After Brexit’.

We were delighted to welcome back Economist Roger Martin-Fagg to give his view on how the economy is preforming, followed by  Francis Nicholas, Group Digital Director from Birds Eye, Matthew Lowe, Head of Online Production from Iceland and Rob Ward, Co-Founder from Innovation Accelerator to look at ‘Understanding our Consumers’. We began the afternoon with Simon Stenning , Executive Director of MCA Foodservice Market and Chris Hayward from Kantar Worldpanel giving us their insight into ‘Our Markets’ before rounding off the day with a look at ‘After Brexit’ with Russell Patten, Chief Executive of Grayling and our keynote speaker, The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable.

Please click on the links below to view the presentations from our speakers.

John Hyman – BFFF

Francis Nicholas – BirdsEye

Chris Hayward – Kantar Worldpanel

Roger Martin-Fagg 2017 Presentation

Russell Patten – Grayling

Matthew Lowe – Iceland

PLEASE NOTE If you would like to access the information in Simon Stenning’s presentation requests must be made directly to MCA Foodservice Market.

 A wonderful market style lunch was provided by Laila’s Fine Foods, Moy Park, Paramount, Sam Browne Foods, Summit Foods, The Authentic Food Co. and Wessex, thank you to all of those involved. We would also like to thank Lantmannen Unibake for providing pastries which were enjoyed with tea and coffee breaks and to Sweet Street Desserts who provided some delicious treats for dessert.

A huge thank you also to our headline sponsor, Rick Bestwick. Without their support we simply couldn’t have organised such a great event.

Next year’s conference will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 22nd February and incorporate our very first BFFF People’s Awards dinner in the evening.