Making it pay

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Making it pay
Foodex 2012, the UK show for food and drink processing, packaging and logistics will take place at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from March 25 to 27.

With more than 350 exhibitors, the show covers every sector of the food industry from bakery, dairy and meat, to beverages, fresh produce and seafood. It will also feature exhibitors from the food ingredients and logistics fields, providing a comprehensive view and a one-stop-shop for professionals in the business.

Foodex works closely with the main trade associations across all markets to create an event with unmissable content.

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Advice and expertise

A full programme of debates, seminars and master classes will provide the latest news and trends about the industry.

Presentations will include technical and business briefings, with speakers from the likes of Campden BRI, the National Association of Master Bakers, The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders, alongside the British Soft Drinks Association and the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, which will offer advice on converting your waste to valuable energy.

An 'Ops advice clinic' will be staged, providing free advice and focusing on ways of increasing sales and reducing costs, while optimising the performance of your operations. Lastly, the 'Fresh Connection' will provide visitors with the opportunity to try out a bite-sized version of the 'supply chain game'.

Free HR skills forum

Britain's food manufacturing sector faces a potential skills crisis because of its ageing workforce not to mention the image problem that is putting young people off choosing food and drink as a career. That's why a free morning seminar on the subject on Monday March 26 couldn't be more timely.

To examine the huge issues facing food and drink manufacture in the UK and highlight various initiatives being launched to address these problems, Food Manufacture, in conjunction with the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), is organising this HR Forum targeted at HR directors and managers.

The event, which takes place alongside Food and Drink Expo and Foodex shows will include presentations from the Food and Drink Federation on what is being done to raise the industry's image; the National Skills Academy on new training schemes; the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, talking about the latest manufacturing apprenticeship schemes; and the IFST on a new transferable skills initiative. There will also be presentations from leading manufacturers and young apprentices, who will give a view from the shopfloor.

Skills for a changing world of work takes place from 9.30 until 13.20, on March 26, followed by a buffet lunch. For more information and to secure your place at this free event, email unaanu.ebfrirne@jeoz.pbz​, tel: 01293 61043.

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