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- Receive a complimentary listing in our Show Directory
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 you need to launch your 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 superstars. The day will also include an expo, networking and invaluable careers advice such as how to write a stand-out CV and top interview tips.
Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate looking for a job in the production, foodservice, retail, culinary or wholesale sectors? Perhaps you have finished your studies and are a job seeker unsure about where your career path lies? Or, perhaps you just fancy a change! Find THE job for you and receive invaluable careers advice at The Fresh Careers Fair on Thursday March 8, 2018! It is free for you 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.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD STUDENT BROCHURE
10:30am – 3:00pm
HOW TO GET TO THE FRESH CAREERS FAIR
For more information on the underground, trains & buses visit www.tfl.gov.uk
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 and job seekers will have a unique opportunity to pitch themselves to widely experienced fresh produce, retail and foodservice industry figures – our very own Produce / Foodservice Dragons. The highly-respected Dragons will listen to an ‘elevator pitch’* from each person, before offering their honest and constructive feedback, to help improve their interview technique and give them focus in their search for a career in these wonderful industries. 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!
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’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.
Amy Lance has worked in the UK retail sector for nearly 10 years, previously working in commercial and technical roles at Tesco and Waitrose. Last year, Amy worked with fresh produce businesses in Senegal, South Africa and the USA. Amy has now taken on a new challenge at a box delivery service HelloFresh, recently named as the fastest-growing company in Europe, where she is now working as head of technical.
Rupert has worked in the UK fresh fruit and vegetable business for over 20 years, and has a background in quality, technical, operational and general management.
For over a decade, he worked at one of the UK’s leading berry companies, Total Berry, before leaving his final role as Technical & CSR Director in November 2017 to work in a consultancy capacity with a number of companies in the UK and the Netherlands through his new business Veritech Services. Rupert began his career in produce quality systems after attending the former agricultural Wye College in Kent (University of London) and gaining a Quality Lead Assessor accreditation in ISO 9001/9002 (BS5750).
Having studied a degree in hotel and catering management, Sharon began her career as a graduate trainee, working for the Inner London Education Authority in the Education Catering Department. Working in a variety of roles throughout her six years, Sharon enjoyed working in Unit Management, Food Development and Training. Latterly Sharon managed the foodservice provision to school children in two London Boroughs.Moving on into the commercial world of contract catering, Sharon joined Aramark where she worked for 20 years, working mainly in Business and Industry with a short period in healthcare as an Operations Manager. After Aramark, Sharon did a variety of roles, including working for a national training company, as well as working for the multi-award winning social enterprise company — The Create Foundation. Sharon went on to work as the Operations Director for bartlett mitchell, then a small B&I caterer, and later the Brookwood Partnership Company, a specialist contract caterer providing foodservice within the education sector.In August 2016 Sharon joined the CH&Co Group as Operations Director for Lusso, a boutique contract caterer in London. Sharon now heads up a team of Operations Managers to look after client business and her role includes recruitment, development and training, succession planning, supporting business development and company growth strategies.
Graham Eveleigh is Head of Skills Development for BaxterStorey, the UK’s largest independent foodservice provider. Graham works across the UK, Ireland and Europe overseeing a large team of trainers who run extensive in-house training and development programmes through a series of highly-valued and award-winning academies.
Graham trained as a chef later in life at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. He went on to head up the kitchen at a large law firm in London, before becoming Executive Chef for Leith’s contract division, and later heading up food services at Holroyd Howe.
When Holroyd Howe was acquired by WSH in 2006, Graham moved across to BaxterStorey. He has been instrumental in developing training programmes that span learning and development needs at all levels, and received the Foodservice Catey award for Training in 2014.
Matt forms part of the executive team at Restaurant Associates, which offers fine dining, employee dining and inspiring events solutions, among other services. He recently moved into a strategic partnership role from the operations side of the business, having been Head of Operations for Restaurant Associates since 2015.
During his tenure in operations, Matt successfully mobilised, managed and developed catering services for industry leading corporate clients, and, as such, he was recognised with a 2015 Foodservice Catey award for Regional Manager of the Year.
Restaurant Associates is part of Compass Group, the world’s leading foodservice organisation, which Matt joined in 2009 as an Operations Manager with responsibility for a number of industry leading national accounts.
Food and service is part of Matt’s DNA. Since studying Hotel Management at the University of New Hampshire in the USA some 20 years ago, he has held a number of high-profile operational roles at 5-star hotels and restaurants, including the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane and the Harbour Club in Chelsea. Matt’s passion is people development and he thrives on having had the opportunity to engage with people in this respect throughout his career. He actively embraces apprenticeship programmes as a mentor, and has worked with a number of charitable organisations, such as City Academy Hackney, Second Chance and Action on Disability.
Whilst Matt is conscious that these initiatives promote positive corporate responsibility messaging, his personal rationale for engagement is simply to do the right thing for the community. Through his engagement with Action on Disability Matt was thrilled to be able to offer full-time employment to a young man with learning difficulties, and he is truly inspired by watching him develop.
For more information and to sign up to face the Dragons, email: email@example.com
“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
“I am delighted to hear that I won the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! I would like to thank Dale Thompson, Sharon Linney and Carol Borhani for interviewing me. The event was very creative and uplifting!”Erayna Spencer
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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