Sustainable Fish Deliveries – Trains take the strain!

Caroline Bennett of Plymouth’s ethical sustainable fish co-operative enterprise Sole of Discretion brings us this account of the west country’s railways carrying fresh produce to market: The train has quite simply saved our business.  We started using the Great Western Railway 3pm Plymouth to London Paddington High Speed Train service on a daily basis (Monday…

Exeter Food Poverty Summit

13th November 2018 by Ian Smith CATERed MD Brad Pearce and myself had the privilege of representing Food Plymouth at the Exeter Food Poverty summit.  This event was organised and run by our friends and colleagues from Food Exeter and was held in the city’s historic guildhall. The summit was opened by Cllr Duncan Wood,…

Spread The Word

Joining up with Thrive Plymouth  for year 5 – People Connecting Through Food  #thriveplymyr5 – will enable all of us at Food Plymouth to reach new people and organisations and encourage wider collaboration and significantly broaden our network. If you would like to share any news, events or information with the Food Plymouth partnership and network, please contact Zoe Nile.

Food Safety Success

Plymouth City Council’s Food Safety team, in conjunction with Thrive Plymouth Year 5 partners has delivered a series of successful training events at Plymouth Guildhall over the last month. Events were attended by over 170 people representing over 100 different childminder, nursery, care home and community settings. In addition to an essential food safety update, Public Health England provided an up-to-date session on infection control, including winter readiness. Thrive Plymouth partners…

Doing Business with Local Councils Workshop

14th November 2018 By Ian Smith   Plymouth’s ninth Social Enterprise City Festival included a workshop session on doing business with Local Councils.  This was hosted at the Millfields Trusts’ Creykes Court building and was facilitated by a talented team from Devon County Council.  I took part in support of Food Plymouth’s transforming catering & procurement…

HotSW LEP Annual Conference and AGM

12th November 2018  By Ian Smith Once again I had the honour of representing Food Plymouth at the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) annual conference and AGM.  This year’s conference was held in the excellent setting of Sandy Park, Exeter. This year, I was particularly struck by the ambition, energy…

University of Plymouth Business Networking Breakfast

12th November 2018 by Ian Smith   I had the pleasure of representing Food Plymouth at a Business Networking Breakfast hosted by the University of Plymouth’s Careers & Employability Service at the University’s Robert Levinsky building.  This was the opening event of Plymouth Enterprise Week #PEW 2018. Following a tasty light breakfast and valuable networking…

Doing It Ourselves – Plymouth Co-operative Economy Plan Launch

 12th November 2018 Doing it Ourselves – A strategic action plan to double the local co-operative economy in Plymouth by 2025 – was launched on 12th November, the opening day of Plymouth Enterprise Week.  Food Plymouth is working with Plymouth City Council in pursuit of this exciting policy.  Further information about the plan and developments around this collaboration…

Celebrating Soup!

By Laura Kelly   Soup Corner in Union Street celebrated its first birthday on Tuesday 30th October. It was a wonderful day filled with our regulars, balloons, cake and of course soup. Michal, Dagmar and Hayley are the fantastic people who make sure there is a bowl for everyone. Soup Corner is open to everyone on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays…