Food and the city economy

The food sector is big business in all cities. In Birmingham, as well as retailers selling ~£3bn food to feed us all, there are several major UK food suppliers and distributors here. The city also has a growing reputation as a centre for gourmet food. We have four Michelin starred restaurants plus others offering superb cuisine from all over the world.

Below are our blogposts about food and the city economy. See also useful info on the topic here.

Food system dynamics: Part III — Vested interests

Posted on 15th April 2018 by Kate Cooper

Why aren’t we tackling the potentially catastrophic threats to our food system? 

Food system dynamics: Part II — Follow the money

Posted on 9th April 2018 by Kate Cooper

The image above is of the Walkers crisp factory in Beaumont Leys in Leicester, taken from the Bradgate Park by Phil McIver.

Food system dynamics: Part I — Follow the money . . . but it isn’t here

Posted on 5th April 2018 by Kate Cooper

Last Saturday (31st March), I woke to the sound of Simon Beckett’s voice, he of Beckett’s Farm in Wythall. He was talking on Radio 4’s Farming Today.

VAT: A really useful point of sale metric

Posted on 3rd April 2018 by Kate Cooper

Taxation is really interesting. Oh yes it is. In 1940, Britain was at war. The British Isles surrounded by water. Dependant on imports that couldn’t get through. Shortages everywhere.

Horizon scanning: Short & medium term business opportunities in the food sector

Posted on 19th January 2018 by Kate Cooper

Our horizon scanning project identified five areas of opportunity for business, including local ones here in Birmingham. They are:

House Lords EU Committee on Brexit: deal or no deal . . . the agri-food sector

Posted on 7th December 2017 by Kate Cooper

The latest of the House of Lords EU Committee’s excellent reports is Brexit: deal or no deal. One of the case studies,  the agri-food sector, is copied below. A warning: The prospect of no deal with regard to our food supply and the agri-food sector, is scary:

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