Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA)

An innovative business service, hailed as the first of its kind in the country, has whet the appetite of the Leeds independent food and drink sector at a two-day launch event held in the city.
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An innovative business service, hailed as the first of its kind in the country, has whet the appetite of the Leeds independent food and drink sector at a two-day launch event held in the city.

The Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA), a joint venture run by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council (LCC), and supported by Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID), showcased the advice, support and training it is set to offer small independent enterprises by hosting bespoke workshops and seminars run by local industry experts and experienced operators.

From £100 membership fee per year, Academy members will have access to a wide range of significant benefits provided by Leeds Beckett University and LCC, which could include business health checks, educational master classes, funding for growth advice, a single LCC point of contact, discount city centre trading pitches, a student talent pool and peer-to-peer networking events.

Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, LeedsBID, said: “LeedsBID is investing in innovative projects and initiatives which can help to make a difference, while raising the profile and attraction of the city.”

“The IFDA is playing a key role in ensuring small independent enterprises have all the right ingredients to succeed, and helping to strengthen the city’s independent food and drink offer.  It was great to see the Academy getting off to such an encouraging and promising start.”

Sofia Robelo, Senior Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett, and one of the minds behind the Academy, explained: “The IFDA’s objective is to help to professionalise, sustain and grow the independent food and drink sector in the Leeds city region by providing a blend of contextualised learning and development opportunities.

Watch the video below to learn more about the the work of the IFDAcademy.

For further information, visit http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/food-academy/.  The IFDA is also on Twitter: @IFDAcademy and Instagram:ifdacademy