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The Business of Food and Drink

17:30 Wed, 14 March 2018 - 21:00 Wed, 14 March 2018, Mans Market, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4JJ


Woodrow Mercer Finance and FDYL invite you to discuss.....

The Taste of Success:  The Business of Food and Drink

Food and drink is one of Yorkshire's biggest exports and attractions; the industry contributes millions to the region's economy.  Yorkshire boasts world-class innovative producers who lead the way in their particular field.  Join our panel of entrepreneurs to hear how their businesses are thriving in this most competitive of sectors....and to sample their products!


Our Speakers

David Parkin, Chair, is an event host, business host and media writer and blogger.  His business COPA organises business-focused events for clients across the UK.

Stephen Fleming started George and Joseph Cheesemongers in 2012.  A lifelong cheese addict, after he moved to Leeds in 2001 he developed a passion for Yorkshire cheeses and locally produced food.  George and Joseph opened their first cheese shop in Chapel Allerton in 2013, relocating to a larger site in 2017.

Peter Ahye created dairy-free, gluten-free, plant-based desserts maker Freaks of Nature in 2016 and the company is already supplying its products to Waitrose and Tesco.  Peter started his career with Price Waterhouse before taking a series of senior finance commercial roles with Next, United Biscuits, Shop Direct an Fine Art Developments.  He currently also runs a supply chain and data analytics consultancy, Hexagon, working with clients such as Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover and Babcock.

Razan Alsous is the founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese.  In Syria, salty halloumi or hallum cheese is eaten at breakfast time, with fresh olives, strained labneh yoghurt, stuffed vegetables and bread.  When Razan Alsous, her husband and three children fled the civil war in their country for Yorkshire 5 years ago, it was one of the many things she missed about her old home.  Razan therefore decided to make her own version of halloumi cheese - hallum - and Yorkshire Dama Cheese was born. Since launching in 2014 it has won several awards including The World Cheese Award GOLD Prize in 2016/17.

Marcus Black is Joint Managing Director of Intercontinental Brands (ICB) Limited.  Marcus is responsible for the corporate side of ICB focusing on Finance, IT, HR, Regulatory, M&A, Legal Affairs and Marketing.  Before joining ICB, Marcus worked for Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) as an investment director working on a variety of management buyouts across the North of England.  Marcus founded the Spirit of Harrogate and Slingsby Brand in 2015.   


Our event will take place at Mans Market in central Leeds.  Registration will start from 17.30, with the speakers commencing at 18.00 for around 1 hour, followed by food, drinks and networking at 19.00.  To book your place, please complete the form below. 

We look forward to seeing you!


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Author: Sarah Large | Published: 02 Jan 2018

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