Chelsea Parsons, Well + Happy

Chelsea Parsons is the founder of Well + Happy. With over 10 years in the corporate world and in the high intensity industry of media + advertising, she decided to jump ship to start her own health + wellness brand. She trained and qualified as a Plant-Based chef, Kinesiologist, Yoga Teacher, NLP Practitioner and Performance Coach; grew fascinated about the power of the mind + body, and equally as obsessed about food and launched into the wellness scene with a vegan confectionary brand.

Well + Happy is now a leading brand in the health + wellness space, designed to inspire a positive and purpose-filled lifestyle. The Well + Happy Magazine launched in 2017, Chelsea caters for and hosts multiple retreats and events across the world and also works with multiple brands in the food and wellness space. With a strong social and marketing background, she helps others to grow their brands, engagement and creates inspiring content for their social platforms.

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Rebekah Hall, Botanic Lab

Rebekah is the CEO and Founder of Botanic Lab, the innovative drinks business making waves in the UK market, with products taking over the shelves of Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Eat, Gail’s and many more retailers. Her strategic vision and business acumen are the driving force behind Botanic Lab, bringing ideas to life and driving the business to success in a very competitive market.

Rebekah followed her studies in economics with a successful 10-year career as a city corporate financier. She has a tough and pragmatic approach to business, developed and fine tuned in a challenging and sometimes ruthless environment. She is a firm believer that one of the key personality traits required in a successful entrepreneur is resilience, in bucket loads, preferably accompanied by a sense of humour. Rebekah is a regular speaker at female focused and entrepreneurship events, providing an honest and refreshing insight into the process of building a brand.

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Nick Coleman, Snaffling Pig

In 2014 I founded Snaffling Pig with just £500, a premium food and drink brand with an obsession in making flavoured pork crackling. Before then I co-founded Medical Supermarket, a medical, cleaning and stationery wholesaler. In 2016 I took part in the 14th Season of BBC2 Dragons Den and in 2017 won The Virgin Foodpreneur Award.

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Laura Jackson, Popcorn Shed

Laura Jackson is a self-proclaimed foodie with food being a central part of her life and family traditions for as long as she can remember. Her passion for sharing her food creations begun at the age of 9, selling homemade slush puppies to neighbours during a hot summer. Laura sold fudge at food exhibitions during her time at university, and her first job as a graduate “in the real world” was traversing the streets of London and ‘cold calling’ face-to-face in restaurants and cafes selling iced coffee (during what turned out to be one of the wettest summers on record!).

Laura has worked as a management consultant for a large worldwide consultancy firm for over 6 years, consulting for a number of FTSE 100 companies. Alongside her day job she has run a number of events (club nights, singles dinner parties and weekends away for young professionals) and a pop-up bakery. Laura was nominated for Brummell’s 2015 ‘Ones to Watch’

At Popcorn Shed, Laura heads up the sales and marketing team. She has a keen eye for great design and detail.

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Gareth Atkinson, The Yorkshire Meatball Co

The UK's first premium meatball brand in the food-service and food-retail market - that had two restaurants in the north of England, and held listings in 300+ Morrisons, Tesco and ASDA stores. I co-founded the business in 2014, overseeing the development, implementation and creative direction of the brand, the planning, management and analysis of all marketing and CRM activity, and the day-to-day operation of our restaurants. In addition to this, I undertook all design work for the brand - including web design and development, packaging design, photography and video production

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Holly Shackleton, Speciality Food Magazine

Holly Shackleton is the editor of Speciality Food, the leading magazine of the fine food industry, which has informed, educated and inspired independent retailers since 2002. 

As well as reporting on food industry news, collating opinions from some of the sector's biggest names and offering advice on subjects as diverse as display, diversification and staffing, Speciality Food keeps a close eye on the latest and greatest products entering the fine food market. 

Throughout her time at Speciality Food, Holly has presented and chaired panels at events such as Bread & Jam, Farm Shop & Deli Show and Natural & Organic Products Europe, judged at product and retail awards in Britain and Ireland, and travelled overseas to explore some of the finest food the world has to offer.

A subject particularly close to Holly's heart is supporting the growing number of young businesses entering the sector, which is why she has spearheaded the launch of the New Producer Awards – a celebration of the evolving food and drink industry, which not only offers new ventures the chance to be promoted in the pages of Speciality Food but also to present their brand and products to some of the most renowned retailers and distributors in the UK. The final of these awards will be held at Bread & Jam on Friday 6th October.

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Heerum Fleary, TickEat

Hi I’m Heerum and I’m the Director of TickEat which was formed in 2015.

If you are an up and coming food or beverage business looking to branch out into the travel and leisure sector, then TickEat is the perfect Strategic Business Development Partner for you.

Specialising in bringing fresh new innovative products onto airlines, Trains, Ferries and Hotels, by helping our clients tailor their products to succeed. 

Having a passion for innovation, and we whole-heartedly believe in the products we work with, which is why we put our all into seeing your products grow within the travel sector.

As experts within the travel sector we have great working relationships with the buyers and many leading players within the travel and leisure industry.

Working with TickEat opens doors for our clients and improves operational efficiencies than taking on these sectors yourselves.

We also have a sub brand called Innoveat. Innoveat is the UK’s one and only leading Food Exhibition for the Travel and Leisure sector. Only catalogue published in the UK with products which fit into the travel & leisure sectors as well as a monthly online newsletter publication.

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