Bord Bia’s Small Business Open Day

23 January 2018

Bord Bia’s Small Business Open Day is an important date in the diary for any small food or drinks business looking to grow, be this locally, nationally or internationally.

Join us at Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield on January 23rd 2018 to see if your business is future fit.

Is Your Business Future Fit?

In 2018, the event will ask the question ‘Is Your Business Future Fit?’ with a range of speakers and panellists addressing this theme on the day.

In addition to valuable trend information and market insights, Bord Bia will share updates and activities of relevance for 2018, making this a must-attend event to kick-off the year. The day also presents an excellent opportunity to network with peers, with key Bord Bia personnel and with other agencies and service providers present.

Spaces are limited and this is always a popular day so we would encourage you to sign up early to secure your place.

*Please note that this event is tailored to small business producers manufacturing food or drink in Ireland. Spaces will be allocated to these as a priority and entry anyone not fitting this description will be at Bord Bia’s discretion.*


Small Business Open Day will be chaired by Ailish Forde, Director Food & Beverage Division, Bord Bia.

08.30 Registration – Tea & coffee – Networking with peers and agencies
09.15  Opening Address – Andrew Doyle, T.D., Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture  
09.35  Welcome Address – Tara McCarthy, CEO Bord Bia
09.55  Overview of retail in Ireland – Latest developments and Future Predictions for Retail -David Berry, Commercial Director Ireland, Kantar Worldpanel
10.40  Emerging Routes to the Consumer: Opportunities for Irish food & drink producers – Dr. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing, Imperial College London
11.25  Q&A –Tara McCarthy, David Berry, Dr. David Hughes
11.45   Tea/Coffee & networking with peers and agencies
12.05  Insights 2017-2018 from Bord Bia’s Thinking House, Grace Binchy, Insight Team, Bord Bia
12.35  Panel Discussion: Small Business Perspectives on the Future
  • Declan Molloy – Honest Bakery
  • Aileen Cox Blundell – Veggie Heroes,
  • Beth-Ann Smith – Lismore Food Company,
  • Brendan Colbert – Poachers Premium Beverages
13.15  Small Business overview and Bord Bia services, incorporating 2018 plans – Karen Tyner, Senior Manager, Food & Beverage Division, Bord Bia
13.45  Lunch
14.30 – Close

Register here for Small Business Open Day

For more information please contact Clair Byrne at

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