Since 1998, we have been helping food and drink businesses to grow. We’re an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation driving positive change within the food and drink industry.

We understand the operational challenges food and drink businesses face; with ever changing regulations, an increase in unannounced audits and skills gaps in the sector - let us help with your pressure points. Need an interim technical manager? Access to food-grade facilities for expansion? Do you need help upskilling your team?

Whatever barriers are holding your businesses back from growing, call us on 0115 975 8810 to see how our team of industry experts can support you.

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Here's what we can offer

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    BRC & Certification Support

    The Technical Team can help you to implement the quality systems within your business in order to achieve BRC certification including; Food Safety, Storage and Distribution, Packaging, Agents and Brokers. These is no 'one-size-fits-all' for successful implementation and maintenance of these standards and so a bespoke plan will be developed based on your business needs.

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    NPD & Scaling Up

    Expanding your product range? Our Technical Team can offer hands-on advice to ensure a smooth process, taking your product from concept to launch in the factory. Whatever stage of development you are at, we can offer a fresh perspective on your project.

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    Market Intelligence

    Looking to expand into a new market? With access to industry-leading software we can help you to minimise risk and ensure a genuine gap in the market.

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    Finance & Capital

    Over the past 21 years, we have helped secure over £40 million in funding for the food and drink sector, with £11 million being secured since 2016. 

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    Employment & Skills

    We want food and drink businesses to reach their full production potential. Our Workforce Connections Team will work with you to provide access to training and development support.

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    Exporting Support

    We work closely with a number of industry-recognised organisations specialising in food and drink exporting support. Currently facing exporting difficulties? Let us know.

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    Distance & Online Selling

    We can ensure you are meeting the legal standards for distance and online selling of your food products, whether you prefer 1-to-1 support or to join our comprehensive workshops. 

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    Strategic Planning

    Business planning has never been more important; our team have a wealth of industry experience and can help your business with strategic planning. We use our established network of food and drink businesses to encourage collaborative working and knowledge sharing. 

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    Property & Premises

    Whether you are looking to move all operations, or expand across multiple sites we have a range of food-grade business premises and kitchen facilities available.

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    Health & Safety

    Our Technical Team can offer a unique perspective on health & safety, understanding how they sit alongside food safety regulations. Whether you need a H&S audit, practical advice and support, or training for your team we can help.

Start your food business journey today