Collison and Associates Limited are pleased to be working with the Internet of Food Things (IoFT) project to create a link to the EU SKIN Network on short food chains. Professor Simon Pearson, the PI for the IoFT programme is a keynote speaker at the SKIN Innovation Challenge Workshop in Budapest on 25th/26th September 2018. This ICW will focus on how new technologies will change the food supply chain and how these technologies can benefit short food chain companies.
Collison and Associates are pleased to be involved in the Aldeburgh Food Festival Conference on 28th September 2018 to represent the SKIN Thematic Network on short food chains:
Conference, 28 September 2018 Snape Maltings Suffolk An Appetite for Change: Eating Wisely & Well
The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is delighted to present an important conference, ‘An Appetite for Change: Eating Wisely Well’ at Snape Maltings in Suffolk on 28 September.
On 26th July the first meeting of the LEP Food Group with DEFRA was held in London. With 24 LEPs now involved the LEP Food Group brings together all the LEPs for whom food is a priority sector with DEFRA and officials from across government to look at ways to sustainably grow the UK food economy.
Martin and Tom Collison attended the SKIN Innovation Challenge Workshop (ICW) in Mechelen, Belgium on 23rd-25th April 2018. This ICW focused on innovative ways in which the fresh produce sector can be developed.
On 9th July Martin Collison in his role as Communications and Engagement Group Chair of WRE was pleased to be on the panel for the WRE launch event at the Lincolnshire Showground.
On 12th and 13th April Martin Collison led a group including Mark Suthern and Oliver McEntyre of Barclays Bank, Sir Peter Kendall and Tom Hind of AHDB and David Gardner and Andrew Lazenby of Innovation for Agriculture to the Netherlands to look at why the productivity growth rate in the Netherlands has been four times faster than in the UK. Organised with Peter Paree of Southern Netherlands farmers union, ZLTO, the visit included visits to highly automated glasshouse and dairy farms, meeting the ZLTO chairman, the Head of Agriculture at Rabobank, senior executives from Lely in the week they celebrated 25 years of robotic milking machines and Wageningen University Research (WUR).
Martin Collison was one of 70 people from Multi-actor projects across Europe to attend an event organised with the EU Commission at Copa-Cogeca to discuss the role that Thematic Networks have within the H202o and EIP Agro programmes in facilitating the dissemination of research and commercial best practice. Thematic Networks bring together innovative farmers and food businesses with industry, researchers, academics and advisory services to promote successful innovative best practices so that more farmers and food companies can benefit from them.
Martin Collison spoke at the IAgrM Leadership Development Programme at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) on a very snowy 1st March 2018. Taking the need for new skills to drive the agricultural sector forward as his topic, Martin was once again very impressed with the calibre of the course participants and the breadth of the course which is an excellent way to prepare delegates for future high profile careers in the industry. The course includes a series of talks, debates, visits and workshops in the UK and Brussels and was again fully booked in 2018.
Martin Collison was one of over 100 who attended a celebratory lunch at the RAF Club, London on 27th February for Team Lincolnshire. The event celebrated the success of the Team Lincolnshire initiative which has brought together champions from the public and private sectors to promote Lincolnshire as a thriving and dynamic economy.
Martin Collison was a speaker at the New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) conference on 15th February to report on the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) sector skills plan he has written for New Anglia as part of a team led by SkillsReach. The plan sets out the priorities for skills investment in the AME sector across Norfolk and Suffolk and focuses on the need to embrace the development of industry 4.0.