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Monthly Update from VWA – January 2014

January Training Courses

Open Courses

We were busy with lots of HACCP and Auditing training during January and the Christmas festivities were soon forgotten!


Delegates from the FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate course (29 – 30 Jan 2014) look very happy, despite a last minute change of venue on Day 1 due to a power cut at the Broughton Hall Estate and surrounding areas. The delegates and trainer Eleanor Nicholls were swiftly redirected to the nearby Coniston Hotel who stepped in to provide a lovely conference room with a tasty lunch and lots of biscuits to keep everyone going. Day 2 saw a return to normality as power was restored. Many, many thanks to the conference team at The Coniston  – we owe you a favour!


January is always a popular month for in-house training and this year was no exception. Local courses included Level 3 HACCP at Morrisons in Bradford, a last minute Level 2 Food safety course for Hebden Bridge Town Hall, and GMP, HACCP and Allergens training for Confection by Design in Harrogate. Further afield, we provided our FDQ Lead Auditor course for Arla in Buckinghmashire, and the FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate course for Pinneys of Scotland and AarhusKarlshamn in Hull. Various other food safety and HACCP courses took place around the UK for a range of clients.

Staff News

Come and meet the Verner Wheelock team at forthcoming events over the next three months.

Growth Accelerator Taster Event – Thursday 27th February 2014

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GrowthAccelerator is a Government subsidised service, offering personalised support to ambitious businesses to help them achieve rapid and sustainable growth. This is done by matching your businesses individual needs to growth coaches who have the knowledge, skills and relevant experience to develop a high growth strategy for your business.

A practicing GrowthAccelerator coach who is successfully working with Managing Directors to grow their businesses will lead this workshop. There will also be details of how you can gain funding to help you access the training and consultancy services offered by Verner Wheelock to food businesses involved in the scheme. Whether you are just starting out or already an established business, Verner Wheelock can provide training and consultancy to help you meet the requirements of BRC certification and the major retailers, as well as food hygiene legislation.

Come  and find out how GrowthAccelerator can help you grow your business from 8.30am – 10am on 27th February at the Verner Wheelock training facility. Verner Wheelock is a leading provider of HACCP, Food Safety and Auditing training and consultancy to food and drink manufacturers, retailers and caterers. Established over 20 years ago we have an excellent track record in providing high quality training and expert advice to the food industry.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are you determined to grow.
  • Your company is registered in England.
  • You employ fewer than 250 people.
  • Your turnover is under £40m.

Click here to register for this event, or contact Alison Wheelock on 01756 700802 for more information.

Foodex – Mon 24th – Wed 26th March 2014


We will be exhibiting at Foodex as one of the partners on the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink stand. The event takes place on 24th – 26th March at the NEC in Birmingham and this is a great opportunity for us to meet up with lots of our clients who we normally only speak to by phone or even email!If you are planning on visiting the show and would like to discuss training requirements of yourself or your staff why not contact Claire Lennon to make an appointment on 01756 700802

We will be launching our new brand identity and logo at Foodex and to celebrate this event there will be training discounts available for those who meet up with us at Stand G281A during the show.


We are holding a DeliciouslYorkshire ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Monday 28th April. DY members and non-members are welcome to come along and meet VWA and DY staff to find out more about our services. The event will take place at the Verner Wheelock training facility between 10am and 12 noon.

There will be a couple of short presentations from Richard Abdoollah of Craven Environmental Health who can advise on food safety issues, and from our Chairman, Dr Verner Wheelock who will talk about the hot topic of Fat vs Sugar – and which one he believes is causing the obesity crisis.

We look forward to meeting you!

 Ethical Audits

Don’t forget, if you are a medium risk supplier, your customers may expect you to have an ethical audit every two years. We are already getting booked up well into 2014. Please contact us for a quote if you are planning an audit during 2014.

For anyone who would like to know about the SMETA Ethical Audit process we are running a 1-day Ethical Trading Workshop on 24th March in Skipton. For more information or to book, please contact Carole on 01756 700802 or email claire.lennon@vwa.co.uk


Well done to those delegates from Princes Ltd who passed their Level 4 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing following last year’s course, and also to those who completed and passed the HABC level 4 HACCP exam – an alternative to the RSPH exam.

We had some great results from Level 3 HACCP courses in December and January with 100% pass rate for Cott Beverages and Morrisons, with several candidates achieving Distinctions!