A taste of things to come

Next Tuesday (19 July) sees the launch of FoodWorksSW Business Support Programme at The Hive, Weston-super-Mare.

FoodWorksSW is a dynamic food and drink innovation centre, led by North Somerset Council, that will be coming soon to the Junction 21 Enterprise Area just off the M5 at Weston. It will offer food-grade business units, product development facilities, a business engagement centre and hands-on specialist and technical business support to help businesses thrive.

The launch event and pilot programme will bring together a host of industry experts from across the region including UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Business West, Francis Clark, BIC Innovation, North Somerset Enterprise Agency, North Somerset Council and Project 66.

The launch event is open to all food and drink businesses across the South West and is designed to give them a taster of what is to come with a range of bite-sized sessions to whet their appetite for the full programme ahead.

The pilot programme will cover a wide range of essential support for food and drink manufacturers and processors including food innovation, research and development tax credits, export advice, supply chain management, new product development, labelling, marketing support, study tours, food hygiene advice and compliance, and funding and finance.

“Come along from 1.45pm on 19 July to find out how FoodWorksSW can support your food and drink business and book a one-to-one session with one of our specialists,” said Sally Fenton, the programme co-ordinator.

The event is free but prior registration is required as places are limited. To reserve your place contact Sally on sally.fenton@foodworks-sw.co.uk and visit http://innorthsomerset.co.uk/foodworks-sw/business-support to view the detailed launch programme.

For more general information about the FoodWorksSW innovation centre contact the Economic Development Service at North Somerset Council on 01934 426 266 or email business@n-somerset.gov.uk.