Lord Digby Jones

A one hour breakfast briefing from the point of view of the Lord Digby Jones, following his discussions with market leaders and his analysis of those conversations and the data at hand.

Lord Digby Jones will touch on many topics which will affect members of the HRC 200 Buyers Club in the coming year, ranging from Brexit (we will be 8 weeks ahead of March 2019), Forex, customs issues, labour shortages, cost of goods, food production, steel tariffs, cost of oil and impact on cost of food and drink, consumer demand, market confidence and other subjects that are central to the daily roles of our members who will all be impacted by key issues that have an effect on the cost of their purchasing and in turn their margins.

Lord Digby Jones is a cross bench Peer in the UK House of Lords, an international businessman, an author, speaker and media commentator and a renowned business advocate who speaks around the world on all aspects of global trade including the wider political and societal scene. He was Director General to the Confederation of British Industry (2000-06) and Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment (2007-08). He presented the BBC2 TV Series the New Business Trouble-shooter and is a regular contributor across international media, appearing on TV, radio and in newspapers.

The audience will be made up of individuals who are procurement professionals in the foodservice industry. Amongst them will be directors and senior managers of contract catering businesses that operate nationally, hotel groups and restaurant groups. They will all be sourcing food, drink and equipment from within the UK and Internationally.  Irrespective, they will all be impacted by key issues that have an effect on the cost of their purchasing and in turn their margins.

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Location: Gallery Restaurant, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Access: Located on the first floor of the Atrium, above Halls 7 & 8 via lift & stairs

Key Note Speaker: Leading business correspondent, Lord Digby Jones, previously Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

Cost: Free for members of the HRC Buyers Club

Dress Code: Business attire

Timings of event:

8:45am arrival for 9:00am - Start

9:00am to 9:30am - Breakfast buffet

9:30am to 10:30am - Lord Digby Jones session followed by Q&A

10:45am – Finish