Park Royal Skills Fair



Park Royal is the largest industrial estate in Western Europe; the site is home to around 2,000 businesses, around a quarter of them are involved in food.

Over the next 10 years this district will see some major changes coming into force with the creation of the HS2 and Crossrail ‘super transport hub’ at Old Oak Common station where it is predicted 250,000 commuters will be changing trains there a day.

In order to serve these changes the Mayor of London designated the site a Development Corporation in 2015, the same vehicle used to create the Olympic Park in the east of the city.

Early studies have shown Park Royal businesses in the future will create 65,000 jobs, around 10,000 of those will be based in this part of northwest London.

The Park Royal Business Group board, of which I am Co-Chair, is kick starting the employment process by organising the first Park Royal Skills Fair next Thursday at Abbey Manor in the heart of the estate.

Whether you are looking for your next career progression or are 16-25 looking for a first job, come to:

– find out about apprenticeship and job opportunities available with Park Royal businesses now

– try tasters of jobs at Park Royal and gain support for future career plans

– help businesses to access free local support to develop and recruit apprenticeships, provide training to their workforce and to fill vacancies.


The day also includes workshops, talks, networking opportunities, information from agencies such as Connexions, Jobcentre Plus and local colleges, CV writing skills, the chance to register for current vacancies and access advice on next steps into employment.

Park Royal Skills Fair is open to businesses seeking to recruit, to individuals seeking work or more information about opportunities and schools exploring options for students.

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Jane Milton

Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
byJane Milton

Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait

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