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Counting down to the Food Manufacturing Oscars

12/11/2013 Posted in: General news

The entries are in. The finalists have been announced. The final countdown to the Food Manufacturing Oscars is now on.

FDQ is sponsoring the Training Programme of the Year award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2013, hosted by Food Manufacture in just 8 days time. The glittering awards dinner will take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London on Thursday 21st November 2013, with guest host Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury.

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Reaseheath College to train young butchers

22/7/2013 Posted in: General news

The Great British Butcher Academy team have just announced that they are teaming up with Reaseheath College in Nantwich to train the next generation of british butchers.

Starting in September 2013, young people will be able to embark on a brand new Professional Butchery qualification.

This is one of the most comprehensive courses in the UK, and learners taking this qualification will develop a range of critical butchery skills and knowledge which will prepare them either for an apprenticeship or employment in the sector.

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Tesco builds skills and sales

22/7/2013 Posted in: General news

It is likely that 2013 will be remembered as an unlucky number for large swathes of the food industry in this country. 

Yet whilst the media focus their attention on all that is bad in one part of the food industry, there is a lot happening that is positive in the multi-billion pound seafood industry. An area which may indeed see something of a surge, as consumer confidence is knocked by recent red meat revelations.

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Fairfax Meadow win Training Scheme of 2013

12/7/2013 Posted in: General news

We would like to extend our congratulations to Fairfax Meadow for being awarded Training Scheme of the Year at the prestigious Meat Management Awards 2013, which took place on the 2nd July. We are very proud of Yvonne Yates and her team who deliver consistently high quality training to develop the butchers of tomorrow.

Well done Yvonne!

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Invest in FME and reap the rewards

30/6/2013 Posted in: General news

It cannot be denied that industry has not been a particularly easy place to be of late. And judging by economic forecasts, although the food industry in the UK is strong and arguably growing, in order to survive - and even better, to thrive - businesses need to be ever smarter, ever leaner, ever more competitive.

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FDQ sponsors high profile Training Award

1/6/2013 Posted in: General news

We are delighted to be able to announce that FDQ is sponsoring the Training Programme of the Year award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2013, hosted by Food Manufacture in November. The glittering awards dinner will take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Terry Fennell joins FDQ team

1/3/2013 Posted in: General news

We are delighted to announce that we have secured the appointment of Terry Fennell, as our new Operations Director. Terry joins us from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and will start later this month.

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FDQ launches food safety partnership

25/2/2013 Posted in: General news

A transatlantic partnership has been agreed between US innovators Alchemy Systems and UK specialist food and drink awarding organisation, FDQ. The partnership sees the launch in the UK of an award-winning food safety training platform.

This platform will enable food processing and manufacturing businesses to deliver and document high quality, accredited and endorsed training to their workforce efficiently and effectively.

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Centre conference success 2012

30/4/2012 Posted in: General news

The last week of April was a big one for all of us at FDQ, as we held our first annual conference in Nottingham. We are delighted as the event saw an amazing turnout and has been deemed a huge success by both employers and learning providers.

So, if you weren’t there what did you miss? Quite a lot actually; delegates left feeling informed, positive and better prepared to tackle the challenges ahead.