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Annual Gathering 2023

Come and join your fellow Better Food Traders for a day of networking, business advice and fun

Last year we were in Bristol and this is what you said about the day:

Fab event. Thank you! I met lots of interesting people and organisations. So nice for it to not be on zoom.

“Just thank you for arranging this gathering. The value of simply getting like-minded people together… this shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Speaking to a selection of very knowledgeable people. Had some really great actionable advice. Inspiring!

Outline of the day (note timings may be adjusted slightly on the day)


9.45: Registration

10.00: Welcome and Introductions

10.30: Setting the scene
Welcome from the Kindling Trust and the Better Food Traders staff

Get a sneak preview of the BFT Marketing Campaign 2023, which will promote all of you fantastic traders and drive customers your way via our interactive map. Help us create some really compelling content for the campaign, with a chance to win a free marketing consultation with creative agency Improper.

11.15: Break

11.45: Business Q&A session

In this fast, fun and informative session get your questions answered, meet with other ethical food retailers and professionals with years of experience in the business – and all before that bell rings…

1pm: Lunch (included)

2pm: Benchmarking

Learn about our new Benchmarking Project, designed to help you understand your business better and give you insights into how to improve.

2.20pm: Deep dive discussions: shaping our network

Add your voice as we consult members on the direction of the Better Food Traders:

Do we expand to include butchers, bakers or organic drink makers?

What support do members of the network need?

How should we fund the network moving forwards?

4pm: Agreeing a way forward: reflections and actions

4.30pm: Close

Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to connect with other like-minded traders, hear what others are doing, and find solidarity and support.

We’ll also be generating content for our publicity campaign for 2023

At the end of the day, please join us for drinks at the Piccadilly Central Hotel by Piccadilly Station

Facilitator: Penny Walker



09/06/2023 10:00 am


09/06/2023 4:30 pm


Silk Loft, Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR


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