About the Sponsors

HSBC – Headline Sponsor

We are delighted to be the lead sponsor for the 2019 Kent Food & Drink Conference. We take great pride in supporting ambitious local food & drink businesses and the contribution they make to the Kent economy – the incredible range and quality of Kent’s finest producers show the innovation & passion that is key to business success.

Breakthrough Funding

Sue Nelson, MD:  “I am very proud to live and work in Kent and I defy anyone to deny that we are best food and drink county in the UK! We have fabulous local producers, pioneering farms, burgeoning vineyards and emerging foodtech innovation. But we have some serious national issues we need to confront such as the sharp rise in diabetes and obesity, how to deliver sustainable and secure food systems and how to replace plastic with degradable cheap alternatives that will be fit for purpose. I can’t wait for the Food and Drink Conference in 2019. Building on the success of last year I am looking forward to some great debates, learning some new skills and networking with respected experts.”


Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps, incorporating Pemberton Greenish, is the Kent’s leading law firm, serving clients nationally and internationally from offices in Kings Hill, Tunbridge Wells and London.  We have a long history of working with food and drink businesses and have developed  deep knowledge and understanding of the issues facing the sector.  We build trusted and long term relationships with our clients who value the succinct, strategic and commercial legal advice we provide. Whether you are a large corporate manufacturer, a local family run businesses or just starting out, we can help.  For more information about our dedicated food and drink team and the services we provide see: https://www.cripps.co.uk/sectors/food-lawyers-and-drink-lawyers/


Kent & Medway Growth Hub



Solley’s have been making award-winning ice cream on our family farm near Deal for over 3 decades and have grown to be the largest independent ice cream producer in the South East. We are very proud to be sponsoring the Kent Food & Drink Conference which brings together a wide range of businesses working within our sector and highlights the important role that food & drink plays within the county and beyond.