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The recruitment event for the fresh produce, retail, foodservice, hospitality, and wholesale sectors and related service suppliers.



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From the organisers of the award winning London Produce Show and Conference

The Fresh Careers Fair is the recruitment event for the fresh produce, foodservice, hospitality, retail, and wholesale sectors and related service suppliers. The event provides everything students need to launch their produce career – and it is totally FREE to attend.

Visitors will meet with a wide array of top UK fresh produce, retail and foodservice companies as well as leading hotels, restaurants and private chef agencies eager to hire the next generation of graduates. The day will also include an expo, a keynote address and invaluable careers advice such as how to write a stand-out CV and top interview tips.

The Fresh Careers Fair takes place on Thursday March 8, 2018, 9:30am – 3:00pm in the England Suite at The Kia Oval, London.

Why attend?

Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate looking for a job in the horticulture and agriculture section of the production, foodservice, retail, culinary and wholesale sectors? Perhaps you have finished your studies and are a job seeker unsure about where your career path lies? Find THE job for you and receive invaluable careers advice at The Fresh Careers Fair on Thursday March 8, 2018! It is free for students to attend, registrations are open now.

The fair brings together some of the biggest names in graduate recruitment and leading names in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, retail and high-end cuisine and catering from across the UK, as well as exhibitors from top global organisations.

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Exhibit or sponsor

EXHIBIT

  • Brand your tabletop stand and invite students to interact with your business
  • Forge a long-standing corporate relationship with key educational institutions
  • Receive a complimentary listing in our Show Directory

Stand prices start at £1,000 + VAT.

SPONSOR

  • Reach out to the graduates of the future by putting your name to one of our bespoke sponsorship packages
  • Benefit from having your logo on The Fresh Careers Fair website and on our show signage
  • Brand a student delegate bag, sponsor the wi-fi, or even put your logo on a photo booth

  

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact:
Linda Bloomfield
Tel: +44 (0)7711 509709
Email: linda.bloomfield@producebusinessuk.com


 

Event Information

HOW TO GET TO THE FRESH CAREERS FAIR

For more information on the underground, trains & buses visit www.tfl.gov.uk

Careers Advice

Our experts from the National Careers Service will be available to give best practice advice and provide direction on best CVs, interview techniques, how to use social media to find a job and much, much more.

Meet a Mentor
Book a mentoring session with one of our leading industry experts, who will be offering FREE, face-to-face business consultation sessions. 

During The Fresh Careers Fair, students will have a unique opportunity to pitch themselves to widely experienced fresh produce, retail and foodservice industry figures – our very own Produce Dragons. The highly-respected Dragons will listen to an ‘elevator pitch’* from each student, before offering their honest and constructive feedback, to help improve the student’s interview technique and give them focus in their search for a career in this wonderful industry. The best pitch on the day will also win an iPad Mini.

*It should be possible to deliver an ‘elevator pitch’ in the time span of an elevator ride, or in our case 2-3 minutes!


Amy Lance

Amy Lance has spent the last 12 months overseas, learning about where the UK’s fresh produce is grown. Amy has worked with farmers, marketers, researchers and entrepreneurs in Senegal, South Africa and the USA.

Since graduating in 2008 with a BSc in Biomedical Science Amy has worked as a Buyer, Technical Manager and Varietal Development Manager for Waitrose and Tesco. Entering the industry with a Biomedical Science degree was slightly unusual but it provided the perfect platform for Amy to develop a passion for fresh produce, sustainability and global agriculture.

While Amy enjoyed her time working in fresh produce retail, she sensed that she was only being exposed to a very small part of the global supply chain – the tip of the iceberg. So many more pressures, challenges and opportunities existed that she wanted to explore.

Striving to understand the industry better, Amy placed her career at Waitrose on hold for a year from April 2016, and undertook a unique Agricultural Odyssey. Working with a broad array of growers Amy agreed three month stays on farms in California, USA, St Louis, Senegal and Paarl, South Africa, where she rolled up her sleeves and began working for fresh produce businesses jumping the fence from buyer to grower.

This experience has enabled Amy to develop a unique perspective as a UK retailer and to build a far broader base of knowledge across the entire, global, fresh produce supply chain.

Amy has been keeping us up to date by writing for us at Produce Business UK. She also tweets progress @Flying_Fruit on Twitter and Instagram.



Nigel Jenney

Nigel joined the Fresh Produce Consortium as Chief Executive in May 2004.

With a wealth of experience in the fresh produce sector, starting life in a family owned glasshouse business, Nigel was educated at Writtle College and began his career with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland, experiencing the diversity of the Glasgow Wholesale Market before moving to Aberdeen.

In 1988 Nigel moved to a senior management role within the commercial world of Heinz where he enjoyed the pace and variety of an international leader in the manufacture of a range of convenience food products.

Moving on in 1996 Nigel progressed his career in the role of Managing Director of a potato packing business which he converted into a limited company and expanded the customer base to include major multiples and manufacturers. Subsequently Managing Director of a leading vegetable co-operative focusing on the production of fresh and prepared products produced at multi-site locations supporting sales to major retailers, food service and manufacturing sectors, Nigel gained first-hand experience of temporary labour issues.

Currently Nigel heads up the FPC and is also a director of the EU equivalent organisation located in Brussels where he attends regular EU Fresh Produce Advisory Meetings.

Leading a small, highly dedicated team, Nigel is committed to the promotion of fresh produce in the UK and is actively involved in the development of the industry. His increased profile and in-depth knowledge of food security, sustainability and ethical trading matters have led to consistent lobbying and communication at an international level, debating at many forums on these and a variety of related issues. Nigel also holds a number of non-executive roles including New Covent Garden Market Authority and previously the Gangmaster Licensing Authority.



Tony Ganio

Tony’s work experience in the fresh produce industry spans decades. He is currently Managing Director at Back to Roots. In December 2013 he formed his own company consulting in fruit and sport’ and looks after various clients and activities. He is passionate about fitness and is a qualified coach. From 1996-2013, Tony was Commercial Director at Total Produce. He spent the first few years managing retail grape and stone fruit as well as other non-retail desks. He spent the latter years managing the four non retails divisions in the UK, as well as offices in Holland and Spain, generating sales in excess of £40 million, with a team of 12 sales/procurement staff reporting directly to him. Tony started his career as part owner of Reingold Ltd, specialising in importing produce from Spain and France. He sold the company to Albert Fisher Group in 1987.

Tony’s career has involved extensive traveling and meeting suppliers abroad. He specialises in managing costs and establishing strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with suppliers and clients. He has a full understanding of all sectors in fresh produce in the UK market place and is also skilled in talent recruitment and consignment management.



Laurence Olins JP

Laurence is a fourth generation fruit industry professional who started his career in 1969. His managerial experience has covered a wide range of fresh produce crops and activities ranging from importing, marketing, sales, food service supply and wholesaling. He was MD of Poupart for 18 years from 1987, and retired as Chairman in 2016. He is now Chairman of British Summer Fruits Ltd and a non-executive consultant to Gs Fresh, Shropshire Investment Board and Reynolds Catering Supplies Ltd. He is a Leader in Residence and Advisory Board member at Leeds University Business School.

For more information and to sign up to face the Dragons, email: joinus@freshcareersfair.co.uk

 

Testimonials

“Congratulations on a successful jobs fair – what a great day. I thought it was absolutely fantastic – well done. One of my experienced advisers said it was the best she had ever been to!”
Trudy Nieto Delivery Team Leader North London, National Careers Service London
“I am delighted to hear that I won the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! I would like to thank Dale Thompson, Sharon Kinney and Carol Borhani for interviewing me. The event was very creative and uplifting!”
Erayna Spencer Student
“I didn’t expect to be picked as one of the winners of the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! Thank you for the opportunity, I thought it was a great chance to be able to obtain feedback from some experienced professionals. I greatly enjoyed the fair and learnt a lot about the industry that I definitely didn’t know beforehand, I am glad that I attended.”
Bethany Hall Student
“I have to say I thought The Fresh Careers Fair was a great success. I think the number and calibre of students was amazing. They were all so engaging and passionate about their careers ahead. I have already offered a placement to one student who was lovely. The Dragons concept was great way to communicate with some of the students on a more personal level.”
Dale Thompson Chartered MCIPD, Director, Human Resources, Vacherin
“I found the FCF profitable; I met potential students who want to attend some of our postgraduate programmes. Our students found it interesting in terms of job progression. I will certainly come along next year, so please keep me on your mailing list!”
Linda Nicolaides University of Greenwich
“It was very smooth throughout the day – a well-orchestrated flow of candidates meant that we didn’t have peaks and troughs – so well organised.”
Martin Brown Director, Henderson Brown
“The Fresh Careers Fair is a really well run event with a good cross section of graduates to interact with. It’s a great opportunity to introduce our sector to some ambitious and driven people.”
Morten Andresen MorePeople
“We really enjoyed attending the fair and felt that we talked to a good handful of people that would look to consider either our Retail Management Scheme or Sales Assistant roles, which is excellent. In the market there are so few retail/hospitality specific fairs and your fair does come up as one of the few on the search fields.”
Hannah Caswell Majestic Wine
“I would like to thank you again for inviting us to this event- Seth and I both thoroughly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to network with so many engaging and highly respected employers from across the UK.”
Hannah Sanders Student, Anglia Ruskin University
“The FCF was extremely helpful, and I would highly recommend it to fellow students. Additionally, the chance to have a professional headshot was a bonus. This is something many students don’t consider as necessary for their profiles.”
Isla Mae Bonthrone Student, Hadlow College
“The event was a rewarding experience for Mont Rose College students who attended. One of our students secured a two week placement through the event.”
Preya Oukabay Admission & Career Adviser, Mont Rose College
“I’d like to thank you on behalf of everyone from Newcastle University – I know the event was valued by everyone who attended. It’s allowed us to gain some good contacts in an industry we’re all passionate about. I have been personally offered a placement at Richard Hochfeld as a direct result of the FCF and know others are speaking to companies who exhibited at the Fair about placements.”
Tim Whincup Student, Newcastle University
“As an International Business Masters student, from the University of Leeds, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the first edition of the Fresh Careers Fair (FCF). It gave me the chance to come face-to-face and network with companies and employers in the UK and international retail, wholesale, foodservice, catering, among many others sectors, related to fresh produce. In fact, the fair was the bridge that connected me to my current employer, Total Produce. I met some recruiters there on the day and gave them my CV. After interviewing I landed the job I wanted with Total Produce, as a Graduate Trader in International Procurement/Sales. Don’t wait for companies to come to you! Go out and impress them! The FCF is a great opportunity to do that.”
Michelangelo Dalbosco Student
“Richard Hochfeld Ltd are proud to support this initiative to introduce young people to the benefits of the Produce Industry and its related services and trades. For far too long it has been an industry that many people have just “stumbled” into. By reaching out to school leavers and graduates we can positively attract real talent by raising the awareness of the benefits of a career in this fast paced and exciting business.”
Alan Guindi Exhibitor

For further information please contact:

Jim Prevor

Jim Prevor

CEO
"I’m the Perishable Pundit, read my opinions at perishablepundit.com – I’m always happy to hear your opinions and feedback."
Linda Bloomfield

Linda Bloomfield

Sales Director
"Ask me about booth sales and sponsorship in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa."
Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Event Director
"I’m your best bet for event queries, exhibitor support or for more information on any part of the event programme."
Hannah Gorvin

Hannah Gorvin

Chief Marketing Officer
"I look after the marketing, but I’m also available for your general event queries."
Claire Powell

Claire Powell

Director of Business Development
"I manage the Buyer’s Programme, so if you are an Exhibitor wanting help reaching out to customers or a Buyer with queries, I’m here to support you."

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