Business Support Webinars

This series of webinars is aimed at helping your business with a variety of topics as follows. Webinars are free of charge for eligible food and drink businesses to attend.

Upcoming Webinars include…

  • Smartphone Shooting – Tuesday 2nd March 2021 – Book here

Video is such a powerful tool and perfect for those in the food and drink industry. There is so much potential to showcase your colourful ingredients, recipes, creativity and yourselves! This session will whet your appetite for creating video content and allow your audience to really get to know you and what goes into your finished dish. Unleash your creativity and get in front of the camera to embrace video and what it can do for your business.

  • Exporting Essentials for Midlands Food & Drink Producers – Tuesday 9th March 2021 – Book here

This webinar is for food and drink producers who are looking to start their exporting journey and wish to find out more from the DIT. The event will focus on providing information for new and growing producers who wish to develop their knowledge of oversea sales.

  • Food and Drink Production Efficiency – Tuesday 18th March 2021 – Book here

Food manufacturers are facing constant pressures and challenges to save time and money alongside facing additional demands and changes to service models and customer requirements. This webinar will focus on cost and time saving across production, machinery, suppliers and operations.

  • Research and Development Tax Credits – Tuesday 25th March 2021 – Book here

Invested in innovation? We introduce you to the world of R&D giving you an insight into what you can achieve! Investment in your business has never been more important. Finding new ways to be innovative to keep one step ahead of our competitors can be a huge drain on our finances.

  • New Product Development – Tuesday 1st April 2021 – Book here

During these difficult times, many food and drink businesses have had to diversify their product range and as we start to see normality across production many producers are now looking at exciting ways to continue production and develop new and exciting products.

  • Extending Shelf Life with MAP Gases – Tuesday 15th April 2021 – Book here

The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way consumers shop for food, increasing the need for longer shelf life.

Neil Hansford, Air Products food technical engineer, discusses how all-natural gas flushing, with its ability to extend shelf life by up to 500%, can be a useful tool for helping food producers address the need for longer shelf life and reduced food waste.

  • How to Work Out Product Costings – Tuesday 22nd April 2021 – Book here

Working out the cost of your products is an essential but sometimes complex task. Zoe Plant our New Product Development and Innovation Manager will talk businesses through this beginner’s guide to costing out recipes, ensuring that you cover your costs to pay your bills, yourselves and make a profit.

  • Intellectual Property Considerations for Food and Drink Producers – Tuesday 29th April 2021 – Book here

This webinar will provide an introduction to intellectual property and why it is central to your business plan and critical to your success. Strategic use of your intellectual property will provide you with a commercial advantage. It will allow you to create exclusivity. It will protect your products or processes from the unwanted attention of your competitors. And if you are seeking investment, your IP becomes even more crucial.

  • Dealing with Food Compliance Risks and How to Prioritise Activity – Tuesday 6th May 2021 – Book here

Reliance on the implementation of mitigation controls to form a resilience/defence model that supports a company’s due diligence defence is only the first building block of the mitigation controls required by a modern business. This webinar will help organisations to position themselves as we exit the constraints of the pandemic and enter the uncertain world post Brexit.

  • Nutritional Information – Tuesday 13th May 2021 – Book here

With the NHS push to reduce obesity and make the general public more aware of what is being put into our bodies, this is now becoming a vital source of information for consumers when choosing food products and making comparisons between different brands, especially based on what is deemed to be better for a person’s health, with consumers taking more interest in the quantity of food being eaten that contains high amounts of fat, salt and added sugars. Nutritional information is now mandatory for food and drink products. Join our Technical Advisers who will explain how this works.

  • Selling Food and Drink Products into the USA – Tuesday 20th May 2021 – Book here

With more and more UK producers obtaining a share of the US exporting market and many more considering this as an option, you may find this 1-hour webinar of use. This webinar will cover the basics of “USA Food and Drink Labelling” including the key areas of difference with current UK/EU Labelling requirements.

  • Selling into UK Supermarkets – Tuesday 27th May 2021 – Book here

This workshop will give an overview of the key requirements businesses should consider when looking to supply a UK supermarket.

  • Natasha’s Law Food Labelling Support – Tuesday 3rd June 2021

Currently, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information on the label, meaning allergy sufferers sometimes lack confidence buying food to eat whilst they are out. Join our webinar to find out how the law may affect you and what measures need to be put in place before October 2021 – Book here

  • Skills in the Workforce – Tuesday 17th June 2021

During this session, we’ll explore different ways to close skills gaps through training, apprenticeships and placements. The workshop will debunk common myths about these opportunities, including the impact on employers and will highlight current opportunities – Book here

  • Branding & Storytelling – For Selling on an Online Marketplace – Tuesday 24th June 2021

This session will introduce you to a walkthrough of how a producer can make the best use of an online platform, in particular, to adopt a story-telling approach to attract interest in your products and brand. Tips picked up in this webinar, could well be the one thing that sets your products apart from the crowd – Book here

  • Cyber Resilience – De-mystifying the Small Business Guide – Tuesday 1st July 2021

Earlier this year, a survey by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) found around half of micro and small businesses (52%) reported falling victim to a cyber security breach or cyber attack in the past year. The average cost to these businesses was nearly £1,000 – rising to more than £3,000 for some. This webinar will help businesses prepare for attack, help with measures to ensure safe home working and provide a safe haven to ask questions, report crimes if necessary and provide a list of Trusted Companies to turn to in the event of needing remedial work or data recovery in the event of an attack – Book here

For further information on our Business Support Webinars, or to discuss any future topics that would be useful to your business please call The Food & Drink Forum Team on 0115 975 8810.