Foodworks SW

Food and Drink Business Development Programme


FoodWorksSW is a targeted business support programme delivered by food and drink industry experts on behalf of North Somerset Council.

The Food and Drink Business Development Programme is a pilot business support scheme offered by North Somerset Council during the development phase of the FoodWorksSW Food and Drink Innovation Centre. The programme aims to respond to the immediate needs of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the region, which will lead onto a comprehensive business support offer that will eventually be delivered by a range of partners from the physical centre, once built.

The programme is open to food and drink businesses with the potential and aspiration to grow and draws on local, regional and national delivery partners to offer food and drink sector specific training.  It acts as a catalyst for growth and innovation across the region and the aim is to drive engagement with all manufacturers, service providers, and stakeholders in the region.  It's also 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 consists of 1 to 1 Business surgeries, workshops, networking and events subjects covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Food Innovation
  • R&D
  • Export Advice
  • Process Improvement
  • Packaging Advice
  • Supply Chain management
  • Food Hygiene advice & compliance
  • New product development
  • Labelling
  • Marketing Support
  • Finance
  • Skills
  • Study Tours

To find out more about getting involved in the business support programme, request a call back or visit the website.

FoodWorksSW Food and Drink Innovation Centre will, subject to funding act as a Centre of Excellence for food and drink producers across the region. The Centre will be located within North Somerset's DEFRA designated Food Enterprise Zone at Junction 21 Enterprise Area, on the outskirts of Weston-Super-Mare, creating ideal conditions for food developers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  Developed by North Somerset along with key partners the state of the art facilities, technical support and expert advice, will ensure that the Food Enterprise Zone helps empower new and established producers to collaborate, innovate and grow.

To keep up to date with the latest developments, follow on Twitter: @FoodWorks_SW

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