Highfield host its most successful conference in over 30 years

This June saw Highfield host its most successful conference in over 30 years, with more than 2000 visitors joining us over three days to hear from top names in the industry on Maintaining Consumer Trust in Food Safety.

We were so disappointed the 2020 conference in Birmingham we had planned was unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so we were determined to create a virtual solution to prevent that from happening again! This year, the conference was held online from 8 June to 10 June in a series of live webinar broadcasts.

Providing access to knowledge and giving back to the food safety community are always high on our agenda, so we made all our 2021 conference webinars free to attend for Highfield’s customers and those of our conference supporters, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and RHE Global.

Clearly, online events work for food industry professionals, since ten times as many people attended the webinars compared to our face-to-face conferences in previous years. The majority of those in attendance at the conference were food safety lecturers, tutors, directors of training companies or working in other areas of learning and development. Around a fifth were Environmental health officers, practitioners, and specialists. And there were many food safety consultants, managers, officers, specialists, and those working in other capacities of health and safety and operations in attendance also.

The change in format for this year’s food safety conference also meant we were able to secure high-level speakers from as far away as the USA. And though our customers are largely based in the UK, we were delighted to see that going online gave our conference a global reach by attracting around a fifth of attendees from overseas locations including Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Cape Town and Dubai to name a few.

On the final day of the conference, we announced the winners of Highfield’s Top Student Award 2021. The awards recognised the students that achieved top marks in three of our most popular qualifications, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing and the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management.

The top student by marks achieved in each qualification received a cheque for £250 and a framed certificate in recognition of their remarkable achievement. And because we appreciate the invaluable role that training providers play in developing top-class students and future food sector professionals, the training providers of the winning students were also presented with a plaque recognising their achievement. Here’s just some of the feedback we received from one winning student:

‘ I would like to take this opportunity to thank Highfield Qualifications for the generous Top Student Award. I feel this is such a fantastic award and I am very grateful to have received such an amazing prize. Not only is the recognition for achievement by yourselves fantastic but it has also been recognised by ABP. As I am in the early years of my career, recognition of achievement in this level of qualification will have an impact on my career and for that, I am also grateful.
The training I have received over the years from Highfield Training has helped me massively in my career so far. I find the structure of the learning and method of examination helps people gain the qualifications they are capable of achieving. I very much look forward to undertaking additional training in the future. ’

Aimee Smith, winner of the 2021 Top Student Award for Highfield’s Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing.

You can watch the full video presentation of our Top Student Award 2021 on our YouTube channel here.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our conference supporters again, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and RHE Global. And thank you to our excellent speakers for their engaging and insightful presentations:

Sterling Crew, Strategic Advisor at Shield Safety Group.
Andy Kerridge, Food Safety and Quality Consultant, Wyvern Food Solutions Ltd.
Bill Marler, Attorney at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, Strategic Food Safety Advisor, Public Health Company Ltd.
Dr James Donarski, Head of Food Authenticity at Fera Science Ltd.
Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy & Response at U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Denis Treacy, Chief Technical Officer, Culture Compass Ltd.
Carmel Lynskey, Head of Achieving Business Compliance at Food Standards Agency.

Last but not least, thanks to each and every person who attended the conference. We’ve had some amazing feedback, and we hope to welcome you back to more of Highfield’s events and webinars in the future.

To see what we already have planned for 2021 and beyond, go to our booking page here.

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