Local Food Economy

How are food businesses reducing their carbon emissions?

Workforce for the Future

Future Leap, 1-3 Gloucester Rd, BS7 8AA

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The Skills for Clean Growth programme is running a series of workshops to help you to understand the climate impact of your business operations.

This workshop is open to eligible SMEs on the Workforce for the Future programme. To be eligible for support, you must have a business presence in
the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME).

From seasonal to local, from labelling to customer comms, these sessions are designed to support the food and drink sector and its stakeholders on how to approach and action sustainability in a practical and tangible way including case studies from local businesses.

Tackling emissions in food and drink is a complex issue. By bringing together businesses from across the supply chain the aim is to draw on a wide range of expertise and identify opportunities for collaboration.

This course will include a number of case studies in the food industry with an overview of challenges they face in each particular subsector of the industry.

Tom Batten, Head of Consultancy at Future Leap

For the last 15 years, Tom has held operational and project management positions across the hospitality, food and beverage sectors. Having obtained a deep knowledge of how businesses are run and the challenges they face, he is now dedicated to helping organisations to improve performance in the areas of social and environmental sustainability. Tom currently oversees a range of comprehensive sustainability consultancy services at Future Leap.

Tom Finn, Carbon and Supply Chain (Scope 3)
Lead at Bristol UWE Tom brings over 8 years’ worth of business engagement and support experience, including the last 2 years in the sustainability field, delivering Skills for Clean Growth to the West of England’s SME’s. Tom is currently leading work on tackling UWE Bristol’s scope 3 emissions, developing the organisations methodology and data for effective measurement and action. Integral to this is support of a large number of food and drink sector-based businesses who are a key players in the University’s supply chain.

Katherine Piper, Director of Partnerships and Head of Sustainability at Future Leap
Katherine Piper MSc is Director of Partnership and Head of Sustainability at Future Leap. Katherine studied for an MSc in Sustainable Development in Practice at UWE Bristol and did a brief stint working as Network Manager for Low Carbon South-West before moving to Future Leap (known then as Future Economy Network) as a director before taking the role of Director of Partnerships and Head of Sustainability. Katherine sits on the Bristol One City Environment Board.

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