Women in the Food Industry #WIFI announces first Northern event at Lancaster University

Women in the Food Industry #WIFI announces first Northern event at Lancaster University

Women in the Food Industry’s first Northern event pays homage to ‘Lancashire Female Food Entrepreneurs.’ The free event is a collaboration with Marketing Lancashire and is being hosted by Lancaster University’s Lancaster Conferences+ on 30th January 2020.

Janie Ash, co-founder of Women in the Food Industry, is one of a select group of Entrepreneurs in Residence at Lancaster University and has been working with Marketing Lancashire and Lancaster University to showcase the diversity and excellence of Lancashire’s food and drink talent.

Janie Ash “I am so proud that our first Northern event is this amazing collaboration between Lancaster University and Marketing Lancashire. At Women in the Food Industry we believe none of us is stronger than all of us and together, anything is possible, and the commitment of both these organisations has proved when you collaborate you will produce delicious results. Thank you to everyone.“

Marketing Lancashire’s Taste Lancashire campaign and partners have promoted the county’s food and drink through events and activities locally, nationally and internationally. In recent years taking the Taste Lancashire brand as far afield as Australia, USA, Europe and the Nordics.

“One of Lancashire’s most successful sectors is food and drink, which in terms of the visitor economy spend alone, contributes over £1bn to the local economy. Through our Taste Lancashire campaigns and partners, we aim to highlight the excellence and diversity of the county’s hospitality, food producers and culinary talent. This event allows us to focus specifically on those women who have made a huge impact on the sector and are inspiring the next wave of Lancashire food entrepreneurs.”

Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive, Marketing Lancashire

Lancaster University excels at understanding and teaching entrepreneurship. Recent accreditation from The Small Business Charter of the Management school held particular praise for Lancaster’s Entrepreneurs in Residence scheme, which has been running since 2008, and which sees around 50 established business leaders each year working within the faculty to deliver masterclasses, pass on expertise and spark activity whilst Marketing Lancashire’s work to promote the county raises awareness all over the world.

From Lancaster’s campus base, Lancaster University’s conference business (Lancaster Conferences+) offers more than a dozen venues, hosting everything from keynote conferences and training courses to team-building getaways with a dedicated, professional events team to help achieve event goals.

Women in the Food Industry is a pioneering new initiative and the place for each and every woman in the food industry to tell their story, to be heard and be given equal respect. Co-founded only 12 months ago by Mex Ibrahim and Janie Ash, it has run a series of successful events in London and has gained fans from high profile influencers across the UK.

"We think there is a really significant project in here somewhere that brings together the value of food to person, community, culture, region, identity. The genuine importance of the EDI agenda. Communication, engagement, civic responsibility. It cuts across the University’s research interests." Professor Dame Sue Black

This free event includes a Lancashire pop up food market, a couple of inspiring masterclasses and an insightful and thought-provoking panel discussion.


“How to become a Successful Food Entrepreneur,” from Stosie Madi, Chef Patron of award winning rural inn, Parker’s Arms and Rachel Trenchard, co-founder of international award winning artisan gin, Goosnargh Gin from the Forest of Bowland.

“Inspiring Women in Food” is the subject for our panel discussion and panelists include:

Camilla Ainsworth – Founder of M+LKPLUS and youngest ever finalist on BBC’s The Apprentice. Joycelyn Neve – Founder and Managing Director of the multi-award winning group of gastro pubs, Seafood Pub Company. Karen Walker – Co-founder of the award-winning sauce brand, Nowt Poncy. Lisa Smith – Founder of Ginger Bakers, award winning cakes and bakes. Ros Wilkinson – Head of Hospitality at Lancaster University and Emma Mayoh – Food & Drink Editor of Lancashire Life and Journalist.

“WIFI is a bright beacon for women working in hospitality. This event will highlight Northern women in the food industry, role models who will inspire and encourage more women to get to the top of our industry.” Stosie Madi

For more details of this free event please visit the website.

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