Brexit and the UK food and drink sector

Food and drink is the UK’s biggest manufacturing industry and 1 in 8 of the national workforce is employed in food or farming. The sector faces some complex challenges from Britain’s EU exit, but also some exciting opportunities, including emerging export markets.

Join us at this breakfast briefing, where Tim Render, Director at Defra and Head of the Great British Food Unit will be joined by Pippa Greenslade, Group HR Director, Bakkavor Group. They will share insights and observations on Brexit and the UK food and drink sector, covering labour and skills issues, the outlook for trade and market access, and opportunities for the sector within the context of the Industrial Strategy.


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  • About the speaker

    Tim Render is Director of Food and Farming in Defra and Head of the Great British Food Unit. He leads work on the food and drink industry, supporting its growth through increasing productivity, innovation and skills. This includes leading work promoting the export of UK food and drink, and securing market access for food products. He is responsible for managing the EU exit implications for the whole food chain, and how to ensure the best possible arrangements going forward.

    Tim has over 25 years’ experience in Government, working mainly on food and agriculture issues. Before taking up his current role he was the Food and Agriculture Counsellor in the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels, leading negotiations for the UK on reform of food, fisheries and agriculture policies in the EU. He has had a range of other roles, including as Defra’s regional Director in the South West of England and running the Minister’s private office.