Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Food Engineering – the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector: the vital ingredient for economic growth?’

29th September 2019 9/29/19 16:00-17:30

At this year’s Conservative Party Conference the Education Policy Institute has partnered with Sheffield Hallam University to co-host a private round-table on food and drink engineering.

The food and drink industry generates over £121bn in added value for the UK’s economy each year, deeming it the largest manufacturing sector.

However, in these uncertain times, there is work to do to maintain the industry’s status as world-leading. The industry must look to the future and seize opportunities to: boost productivity; address environmental and nutritional challenges; improve resource efficiency; enhance food safety; and improve skills and employment.

To this end, food engineering poses a significant opportunity. But the sector needs support from world leading institutions if it’s to realise its potential.

The opening of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, the leading Centre of its kind in the UK, is intended to help the manufacturing industry retain its world-leading status.

This session will ask ‘How do we ensure our thriving food engineering sector remains globally competitive – and what opportunities should the new Centre prioritise?’.

The round-table will be chaired by Rt Hon. David Laws (Education Policy Institute). This round-table is by-invitation only. Relevant stakeholders can get in touch on conference@epi.org.uk to request a ticket but please note that places are limited.

** Note: This event will take place in the conference secure zone. To access the secure zone you will need to obtain a pass directly from the Conservative Party.**

 

SPEAKERS
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Food Engineering – the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector: the vital ingredient for economic growth?’
Chair: Rt Hon. David Laws
Executive Chair, Education Policy Institute
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Food Engineering – the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector: the vital ingredient for economic growth?’
Professor John Gray
Chairman, Food Manufacturing Engineering Group
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Food Engineering – the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector: the vital ingredient for economic growth?’
Professor Martin Howarth
Director, National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Food Engineering – the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector: the vital ingredient for economic growth?’
Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Food Engineering – the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector: the vital ingredient for economic growth?’
Ian Wright
Chief Executive, Food and Drink Federation
Event Partners