Food for Thought at Latest LEP Debate

fishWith Brexit on the horizon, access to European markets, EU farm subsidies and the future of migrant workers are unknown.

As a result the food and farming sectors in Greater Lincolnshire face an uncertain future. All those with an interest in the agrifood industry can have their say and hear a range of opinions at a Big Food Debate being staged in Grimsby later this month.

The fifth Big Debate staged in 2016 by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership will take food and farming as its topic, following a similar debate held in the south of the county in June.

The MP for Greater Grimsby, Melanie Onn MP, will sit on a panel fielding questions from the audience in an event chaired by Lincolnshire farmer and Greater Lincolnshire LEP board director Mark Tinsley.

The Big Food Debate will take place between 8am and 10.30am on Friday 25th November at Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, Grimsby.

“This year we wanted to engage with as many business people as possible and hear their views on a range of topics, which is why we arranged a series of Big Debates across Greater Lincolnshire,” said Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.

“Our discussions have so far covered devolution, food and farming and the Midlands Engine and we’ve been delighted with the response from people who have taken the time to come along and participate.

“This is a unique opportunity for the food sector to put their questions directly to MPs and I hope our Big Food Debate in Grimsby will be just as popular and just as stimulating as previous discussions.”

This latest debate on 25th November is likely to cover the potential impact Brexit may have on the food sector in North and North East Lincolnshire; Greater Lincolnshire’s potential to increase UK food trade with the rest of the world; the role of skills and new technology in the food sector; and how to increase investment in the food industry.

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