The Made in Oxfordshire workshop, was organised by the Local Nexus Network in collaboration with Agile-ox and Good Food Oxford on 7th December 2015. It was attended by 36 people – around half of the attendees were representatives of local food chain organisations ranging from coffee roasters to drinks makers and flour millers. Other participants had a range of interests and came from a range of backgrounds including planning, retail and consultancy.

The event was held at the University of Oxford and the interactive sessions focused around three questions connected to local food manufacturing.

The first question (plenary discussion) explored perceptions around the benefits and costs to society of more localised manufacturing of food and drink products, in this case defined as “manufacturing close to consumers in Oxford”.

The second question (table discussion) asked about the challenges facing smaller food manufacturing businesses producing for local consumers in Oxfordshire.

The third question (table discussion) asked what specific initiatives could be undertaken to tackle some of the challenges raised in the preceding session. These are ideas that will be taken forward by Good Food Oxford in the Local Food Economy workgroup in 2016.

A report and results from the workshop can be found here. If you have any comments or additions, please email us using the ‘contacts’ page.

If you would like to be part of the Good Food Oxford working group tackling the challenges to local food manufacturing through initiatives arising from the workshop, please email hannah.fenton@goodfoodoxford.org.

The Research Kitchen series of talks and events organised by Agile-ox will continue in 2016, please see the web site www.agileox.org to stay up to date.