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Greater Lincolnshire LEP to debate agrifood industry after Brexit

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The future of the agrifood industry following Brexit will be discussed at the Big Food Debate on Friday, November 25 in Grimsby.

This is the fifth Big Debate staged this year by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The debate is likely to cover the potential impact Brexit may have on the food sector in North and North East Lincolnshire; Greater Lincolnshire’s potential to increase UK food trade with the rest of the world; the role of skills and new technology in the food sector; and how to increase investment in the food industry.

The MP for Greater Grimsby, Melanie Onn, will sit on a panel fielding questions from the audience in an event chaired by Lincolnshire farmer and Greater Lincolnshire LEP board director Mark Tinsley.

The Big Food Debate will take place between 8am and 10.30am on Friday, November 25 at Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, Grimsby.

Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Co-operative Ursula Lidbetter. Photo Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Business

Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Co-operative and Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP Ursula Lidbetter. Photo Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Business

Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “This is a unique opportunity for the food sector to put their questions directly to MPs and I hope our Big Food Debate in Grimsby will be just as popular and just as stimulating as previous discussions.

“This year we wanted to engage with as many business people as possible and hear their views on a range of topics, which is why we arranged a series of Big Debates across Greater Lincolnshire.

“Our discussions have so far covered devolution, food and farming and the Midlands Engine and we’ve been delighted with the response from people who have taken the time to come along and participate.”

To book a free space email [email protected] by Friday, November 18.