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Event Host, Mike Ode

Owner & Director, Potential Unearthed

Mike Ode is the owner and Director of Potential Unearthed, a Chorley based Management and Personal Development Training Company. Mike started the business along with his wife Sarah in 2009 and the business has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Mike is also a seasoned presenter and keynote speaker, presenting regularly at regional and national commercial events, business seminars and exhibitions. 

Phil Lynas
Founder & Director, All About Food

Phil spent 5 years managing the Phileas Fogg brand, initially as part of a private company and latterly as part of United Biscuits after they bought the business for just under £30m.

After Beer & Snacks, the next logical move was into Curry and a meaty role as Global Marketing & UK Sales Director for Patak’s. Rapid expansion, both at home & abroad, helped the following 5 years fly past with sales increasing from £15m to £35m+ driven by extensive brand and product development.

In 1999, Phil set up a new business - Nando’s Grocery - to sell & market the Nando’s range of PERi-PERi Sauces & Marinades. In 2002 they bought the famous pioneering vegetarian brand Cranks.

The business renamed itself All About Food in 2008 to reflect its passion for food brands and is now very proud of the fact that it represents Nando’s, PizzaExpress, Cranks, Wahaca, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Reds, Las Iguanas and most recently Costa Coffee. All About Food’s passion is for helping restaurant brands become successful in retail…

All About Food is based in The Tree House, a unique office space in Skelmersdale with its own village green, library, village hall, scout hut and supermarket. There are now 40+ ‘foodies’ based there & it is privately owned, growing rapidly and pleasantly profitable…

People are at the heart of everything that Phil does, and he has worked hard with the AAF team to create a unique culture with core values and a highly rewarding work ethic.

In 2016, Phil recruited a new MD to run All About Food so that he could look for new and exciting opportunities whilst still being involved in the business he set up at Board level in a new role of Founder Director.

Networking opportunities, free advice from business support organisations, hot buffet.