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Smart Innovation and Networking for Growth: Food and Drink Forum

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: Clifton Packaging, Meridian Business Park, Centurion Way, Leicester LE19 1WH, Leicestershire

Date: Thursday, 7 February 2019

Time: 9:00am - 11:30am

Available To: Anybody

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

This event is delivered as part of the Smart Innovation Networking for Growth (SING) Programme. This forum will focus on the Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector.

Hear about technology applications and legislative trends that will influence sector businesses, and find out how you can access support for developing new products and services to help meet the environmental and cost challenge. East Midlands Chamber and the Food and Drink Forum are delivering this event on behalf of the Smart Innovation and Networking for Growth (SING) project. This project is part-funded through ERDF and delivered by the iNet through Loughborough University*




  • Arrival, registration, teas and coffees and light breakfast
  • Welcome from the Andrew Collinson, Commercial Manager, Food and Drink Forum - plus round room introductions
  • Welcome and overview of the company – Shane D’Souza, Technical and R&D Director - Clifton Packaging. This will include detail on End of Line Filling and Packing with a focus on supplying SME manufacturers
  • Details of the support available which includes a mixture of fully funded access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes and part-funding (grant) towards external costs of innovation projects – Pauline Graham, Innovation Advisor - The iNet Loughborough University
  • Production line innovation through equipment and machinery- Norman Lack, Rondo. Rondo have been developing and producing high-quality machines and systems for the production of pastry of all types for over 70 years. As a Swiss company, they use their know-how and experience in dough processing to provide solutions which are appreciated by thousands of producers all over the world, from small artisanal bakeries all the way up to big industrial producers.
  • Future of food and drink production innovation and automation -Dr Nicolas Watson, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, The University of Nottingham
  • Business Case Study of use of funded support - tbc
  • There will also be an opportunity for a tour of the premises for those delegates who are interested.


*Managed by The iNet and based at Loughborough University, SING will make it easier for SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services, as well as working with UK research institutes.

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Creative Industries
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Textile Manufacturing


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