Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 10.35.03AN exciting and innovative free food networking event is taking place in Middlesbrough next week, and it’s attracting a range of key local employers.

‘Local Food for Local Business’ will take place at Teesside University on Tuesday, October 6 between 10am and 1pm, and is one of the first events hosted by Middlesbrough’s Food Partnership. This event will focus on supporting more businesses to buy more local food and drink.

The Partnership, chaired by Middlesbrough Environment City, aims to bring good quality, healthy food to Middlesbrough that is easy to buy, offers value for money and is produced locally wherever possible.

Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd has also endorsed the event, and the work of the Partnership as a whole, as a mechanism for improving the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the town.

Local Food for Local Business will bring organisations such as Middlesbrough Council, Middlesbrough Football Club, the Holiday Inn, Teesside University and Middlesbrough College, restaurants including La Pharmacie and the Waiting Room, wholesalers and caterers together with local food producers to hear expert presentations and create opportunities for business.

Event organiser Joe Dunne, of Middlesbrough Environment City, said he was delighted with the response from local organisations and employers.

He said: “We have an excellent opportunity with this event to create lasting and profitable business relationships that meet our shared environmental and economic goals.

“Every pound spent within the local economy is worth three times as much as if spent outside the area, and the fewer miles food has to travel, the lower its carbon footprint.

“It’s good to see that local businesses can see the benefits of this approach and are so keen to be involved.”

Food producers can also opt to have a small stall to showcase their products, while businesses and residents who wish can also sign up to support the ambitions of the Food Partnership.

The Middlesbrough Food Charter is available for community groups, businesses and policymakers, and those who live, work or visit Middlesbrough can sign the Food Pledge.

For more information and to book places, visit www.menvcity.org.uk/gm/events/ or call 01642 243183.