The seminar, held at Rownhams House, is the first in a new series to advise local food businesses about legal matters, and was free to Hampshire Fare members. Topics included: ‘Why Should Your Business Succeed?’, given by Peter Taylor, Managing Partner of Paris Smith LLP; ‘Protecting Your Brand & GDPR’, by Laura Trapnell, Partner; ‘Essential Employment Law for Your Business’, given by Claire Merritt, Associate Solicitor; and ‘Terms & Conditions’, by Arezou Rezai, Solicitor.
Peter Taylor, Managing Partner, Paris Smith LLP, says: “As part of our corporate partnership with Hampshire Fare, we were delighted to share some of our commercial and legal knowledge with members of Hampshire Fare. It was a privilege to meet so many inspiring food and drink producers. The event is a key part of our alignment with Hampshire Fare which is to enable businesses and individuals to achieve their dreams, whatever those look like, and give them the tools and confidence to overcome any challenges on the journey.”
Dave Ratcliff of Thorpe Confectionery says: “Some brilliant speakers condensed complex subjects into bite-size pieces that helped clarify a number of questions I had. At the end of the event I felt that I had been instructed and guided, not simply talked-at. As we are still in our first year of trading, I feel better placed to start identifying how these subjects affect our business as a result of this event.”
Charlotte Johnson of Meon Valley Cider says: “It was fantastic. It was a good, all-round update on legal issues, and I commend Paris Smith for their focus on supporting local businesses.”
Nigel Welsh of Flack Manor Brewery says: “It was a great day and hugely informative about a subject we all have to get to grips with. I found it very useful – like all such subjects it can be slightly daunting. In particular, GDPR is a huge minefield and yesterday’s seminar seemed a good way of making sure we don’t trip ourselves up too much.”
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, adds: “The intention is simple – to make legal topics accessible to local businesses. Working with our corporate partner, Paris Smith LLP, we’ve established what is intended to be the first in a series of such seminars. People appreciated complex legal issues being presented clearly and concisely. The approach was relaxed, yet dynamic with lots of practical advice. Over 20 businesses attended, there was a great deal of interaction and feedback from the event was superb.”