Brexit Business Breakfast - December

1 December 2017

C502/3, Curzon Building, Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

The next Brexit Business Breakfast Seminar will focus on the potential Brexit impacts, positive and negative, on Britain’s food and beverage supply chains.
Britain’s food and beverage supply chains are heavily integrated with Europe. This is not just a result of the long relationship with the EU, but simply a matter of geography and of climatic seasons. These links will have to be sustained whatever final Brexit agreement (or not) emerges. However, with Britain’s consumers currently enjoying year-round access to all types of food products, whatever the season, so producers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers will need some agility and astuteness to respond to new trading conditions. Given that any new framework is likely to be announced at very short notice, how should the sector start to respond, and what new opportunities can be expected to emerge, and what will be the beneficial impact for consumers?
A key new attribute to the region’s capacity to deliver food will be the opening of the new Birmingham Wholesale Markets in the New Year, and its potential will also be discussed.
The seminar series is run in accordance with the “Chatham House Rule”
Date: Friday 1st December 2017 Time: 0730-0945
Venue: Room C112, Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD
0700 Registration & light breakfast
Chair: Paul Forrest, WMEF
0730 Welcome & Introduction
0735 Economic Update
Paul Forrest, WMEF
Panel Discussion
Ray Symons, Head of Brexit & Trade Policy, Retail Economics
Naeem Arif, Midlands Retail Forum
Eddie Price, Birmingham Wholesale Markets Association
0830 Q&A
0900 Networking & Close
Note: Other panellists awaiting confirmation – updates will be provided on Twitter:
@WMidsEconForum & @MidlandsEconomy
To register here, or to receive further information contact: or telephone 0770 3735 408

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