Comedian Ian Moore will be hosting this year’s Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards, it has been revealed.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Athena in Leicester on November 15th.
Ian, who has toured with the likes of Jack Dee and Lee Evans, made such an impact in the sell-out Britcom show at Montreal’s Just For Laughs that he was invited to headline the festival’s finale.

“We are very pleased to announce that Ian Moore will be the host for the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards,” said Food and Drink iNet director Richard Worrall. “Ian has experience of hosting award ceremonies, and is also a very funny after-dinner speaker.”

The 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards recognise and reward the brightest ideas in the East Midlands’ food and drink sector.

Being held for the fifth year, the awards recognise and reward the use of innovation in the region’s food and drink sector as a way of boosting development, profitability and growth.

There are four award categories this year – Business Growth Award, the Nottingham Trent University New Product Development Award, the Positive Impact Award, and the Collaboration Award, with the overall winner crowned the Campden BRI Innovation Champion 2012.

A range of sponsorship opportunities are still available, including award categories, table hosting and exhibition space, which will provide valuable promotion in front of food and drink professionals from across the East Midlands.

The deadline for entries has now been extended to Tuesday August 28th. Forms are available to download from the iNet section of the Food and Drink Forum website

Tickets for the event will be going on sale soon. To secure a place early please contact the events team on 0115 9758810.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Food and Drink iNet co-ordinates innovation support for businesses, universities and individuals working in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

It has developed an effective network to encourage the collaboration of academic expertise and knowledge, and local food and drink business innovation needs.

It aims to build on the tradition of innovation in the food and drink industry in the region by helping to create opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, and to help research, develop and implement new products, markets, services and processes.

The Food and Drink iNet is managed by a consortium, led by The Food and Drink Forum and including Nottingham Trent University, the University of Lincoln, and the University of Nottingham.

It is based at Southglade Food Park, Nottingham, with advisors covering the East Midlands region.

For more information about the iNet visit

For further information about the Innovation Awards or sponsorship opportunities call 0115 9758810.

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