The perfect storm is here: are you ready?

By Rod Addy

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It’s never been more important to ensure your business is as fit as possible
It’s never been more important to ensure your business is as fit as possible

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Food firms facing the perfect storm as the end of Brexit transition period looms, Christmas approaches and the UK tackles continued coronavirus restrictions should register for free for Food Manufacture’s 20 October webinar.

During Fighting Fit for a Future in Flux​ – sponsored by Columbus – three experts with extensive food chain experience will help businesses address three areas vital to their continued health.

Chaired by Food Manufacture​ editor Rod Addy, presentations will kick off with a talk by Gavin Milligan, founder, Green Knight Sustainability Consulting.

Until July this year, Milligan was group sustainability director of William Jackson Food Group, a supplier of products ranging from fresh produce to bread for sandwich manufacturers. Company brands include Jacksons, MyFresh, Belazu and Abel & Cole.

Resilient supply chain

Milligan will tackle how to maintain a sustainable and resilient supply chain.

He will be followed by Katherine Thomas, director of Brighter Capability. Having worked for leading brands such as Warburtons, HJ Heinz and PepsiCo, she has designed and deployed lean and manufacturing excellence programmes which have helped organisations build capability in continuous improvement and drive performance improvement.

Finally, Lee Walker, business consultant, Food, at Columbus will look at the importance of lean, current and accurate information supporting complete visibility as a foundation for success in an increasingly unpredictable world. 

Walker is an ERP process expert with a background in fresh operations, boasting 22 years of fresh produce experience, 10 years of operational experience and 12 years of leading ERP process improvement under his belt.

Full webinar programme

Title: Fighting Fit For a Future in Flux

Date: 20 October

Time: 3pm

Duration: 60 minutes

Chair: Food Manufacture​ editor Rod Addy


I Will Survive: ensuring a resilient supply chain:​ covering how to build a confident supply chain in the face of Brexit, pandemics and climate change. Speaker: GAVIN MILLIGAN, founder, Green Knight Sustainability Consulting, former environmental, social and governance director, William Jackson Food Group

Lean on Me: the latest on lean manufacturing: ​covering the latest thinking about lean manufacturing to maximise profit and minimise cost and waste. Speaker: KATHERINE THOMAS, Brighter Capability, former European sector lean lead, PepsiCo

One Vision​: clean, current and accurate information: ​covering the importance of end-to-end visibility as a foundation for success in an increasingly unpredictable world. Speaker: LEE WALKER, business consultant, food, Columbus​ 

Live Q&A

For more details on the speakers for this 60-minute webinar, which starts at 3pm UK time, and to sign up, visit the registration page today​.

This virtual boot camp will help companies button down supply chain resilience and efficiency, create a lean manufacturing culture, cut costs and sharpen their view of ordering, scheduling and production at this crucial time.

With the backdrop of climate change and consequent extreme weather putting the supply chain under even greater pressure, rarely has the industry confronted such an uncertain time. As a result, it’s never been more important to ensure your business is as fit as possible to tackle these challenges.

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