The UK Community Food Sector Conference

The UK Community Food Sector Conference
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) and Community Food Enterprise (CFE)
November 2012

Conference, organised by CFINE and CFE , Newham, London


In Central Hall, Westminster, London, 22nd November 2012


"The UK Community Food Sector: Towards Sustainability through Collective Action and Social Enterprise"


Conference sponsored by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), based in Aberdeen, Scotland, has been promoting a collective approach to development and growth in the community food sector. After considerable work, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has supported an application which includes finance for this conference, to be addressed by Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment . The pro-ject, ‘Local Produce Procurement and Collective Purchasing,’ is summarised:


"To strengthen and contribute to the sustainability of the Community Food sector in Scotland by securing a more competitive cost base for fruit and veg through collective purchasing arrangements. Wherever possible, contributing to the environment through reduced food miles and to the local economies of the different areas in Scotland through local produce procurement. This will be achieved, in part, through establishing collective purchasing arrangements with the Scottish CFN and others in the sector, including partners in England and Wales".


The conference will provide information on the background, detail and aims of this initiative and critically, to agree organisational arrangements and action to take this initiative forward.


While the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation-supported project focuses on Scotland, CFINE has been working closely with Community Food Enterprise in London over the past 15 months and it is hoped that a complementary project will be established in England/ Wales.


Exciting Innovative – be a part in building this project and joint working for the collective benefit. The Foundation has made available some finance to support participation-small amounts can be made available as a contribution to travel and subsistence for those organisations which could not afford attendance.


NB For directions to Venue please go to


For further details please contact either;- David Herd 07969766620 or Dave Simmers 01224 596156.


To register please submit the attached Registration Form now to reserve your place as these cannot be guaranteed due to space limitation. 


Thank you we hope to hear from you.