Food and Drink Business Development Programme

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As the plans for The Food Works continue to develop a pilot Business Development Programme was introduced in 2016 to respond to the immediate needs of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the region. The pilot programme, which launched in July 2016, provides comprehensive 1-1 business support offer and an events programme which will eventually move across to the The Food Works centre, once built.

The programme of support was coordinated by BIC Innovation and delivered primarily from The Hive managed workspace that is already a focus for North Somerset Enterprise Agency business support and conveniently located within Junction 21 Enterprise Area. This programme has now come to an end and is currenlty being evaluated to inform future delivery.

The pilot Business Development Programme drew on the expertise of local, regional and national delivery partners to offer sector specific training for the food and drink sector to act as a catalyst for growth and innovation across the region. The aim was to drive engagement with all manufacturers, service providers, and stakeholders in the region.  The plan was not to simply attract interest for the new centre but as part of a wider pathway of support that effectively prepares and supports food and drink businesses to grow and innovate in order to develop a vibrant food sector in the region.

The programme offered a mixture of 1-1 clinic sessions to enable businesses to get to the root of a specific problem and workshops to enable businesses to share areas of more common concern. Tthe business development programme  encouraged the widest appropriate view of “food” including not just core activities of food processing and production.  It also re-inforced the wide operating envelope for the centre that will include food engineering, packs and packaging technology, biotechnology aspects not just relating to fermentation but also to measurement and testing on areas such as food security and sustainability.

For more information about the current support on offer please contact:

Mandie Berry

Tel: 01934 426 341
Email: mandie.berry@n-somerset.gov.uk