Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum

Now in its 13th year, Food Manufacture’s​ Business Leaders’ Forum – sponsored by law firm Walker Morris – attracts key individuals from the UK's leading food and drink companies to discuss the key priorities in the sector in the year to come.

Attendance is only open to senior managers and directors within food and drink manufacturing businesses through exclusive invitation from Food Manufacture's​ editor Rod Addy. Previous attendees have included bosses from top manufacturers, such as 2 Sisters Food Group, Coca-Cola European Partners and Nestlé UK.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Rod directly via email at​.

Main sponsor

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Host sponsor Walker Morris

Walker Morris is a full service business law firm focused on providing clients, nationally and internationally, with partner-led high quality advice.

Our longstanding specialist Food & Drink Team consists of lawyers immersed in the food and drink industry.  The Team is focussed on providing practical solutions across the range of issues facing the sector including: M&A; financing; disputes; branding, licensing and IP; logistics and supply chain arrangements (including GSCOP); health and safety; environmental; energy; GDPR; product recall and product safety; promotions; real estate and construction; tax; competition; and HR issues.

Our 15+ years of specific focus on, and investment in, the industry and the networks that we have developed mean we have an informed understanding of the challenges, pressures and opportunities facing stakeholders, enabling proactive and relevant advice.

Our single site, national centre of excellence in Leeds offers clients significant advantages over other law firms in terms of developing a strong team based culture, as well as the inherent value and cost effectiveness that a Leeds base brings.

We are recognised as leading lawyers, with over 95% of our partners recommended for their expertise in one or both independent guides to the legal profession (Chambers and Legal 500).

Associate sponsor


EDF in the UK is leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future, tackling climate change and helping Britain reach net zero. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from with eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operates one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, EV charge-points, and  combined heat and power plants.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and plans for new power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Hinkley Point C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy as well as boosting skills and education.

EDF also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables, solar and battery storage. The company’s largest offshore wind farm is currently being built in Scotland and the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project will be ready in 2023.  It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, to join generation electric and take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity or selling energy back to the grid – everyone is welcome. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF in the UK is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

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