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Support for Food and Drink producers

Are you ready to future-proof your food or drink business?

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing food and drink producers to diversify, develop new products or services and target new markets - which means having to learn new processes or skills. Together with delivery partners - The Food and Drink Forum - producers in Leicester and Leicestershire can now take advantage of a new programme of funded support through the Business Gateway Growth Hub.

The programme includes:

  • Tailored business advice based on your needs
  • Access to food and drink industry specialists
  • Action-planning workshops to improve performance 
  • Digital marketing support (e.g. to access new markets)
  • Peer-to-peer networking with like-minded businesses

To find out more visit: http://bit.ly/3dHICxv or call 0116 366 8487.

Action-planning workshops and webinars

From introductory sessions to three-hour workshops, where you will leave with an action plan for your business, the Growth Hub events programme for food and drink businesses covers everything you need to know. It runs to the end of the year with topics to help you widen your reach on social media, improve your cash flow, sell online, create sustainable packaging, understand buying habits and lots more.

View webinars for food and drink producers below or visit www.bizgateway.org.uk/events.

DATE

TITLE AND LINK

TIME

17 Mar

Digital marketing and promotion for your products

10.00am - noon

30 Mar

Business continuity and resilience planning

10.00am - noon

31 Mar

Accessing and managing finance support

10.00am - noon

13 Apr

Selling your products online

9.30am – 12.30pm

21 Apr

How to access grant funding and investments for growth

9.30am – 12.30pm

28 Apr

Business and strategic planning

9.30am – 12.30pm

05 May

How to create a digital marketing plan

9.30am - 12.30pm

12 May

The art of cash flow forecasting

9.30am - 12.30pm

19 May

Building a resilient workforce to plan for new ways of working

10.00am - noon

26 May

Getting started with food photography and styling

9.30am - 12.30pm

02 June

Planning product diversification for new markets

10.00 - noon

09 June

Flexible workforce development plans

9.30am - 12.30pm

16 June

Packaging and labelling regulations for new markets

10.00am - noon

23 June

Researching, accessing and selling to new markets

10.00am - noon

30 June

Scaling up production

9.30am - 12.30pm

08 Sept

Workplace resilience and wellbeing

9.30am - 12.30pm

22 Sept

Sustainable packaging

9.30am - 12.30pm

06 Oct

New product development

10.00am - noon

13 Oct

UK and global food safety management systems

9.30am - 12.30pm

20 Oct

Supply chain resilience

10.00am - noon

27 Oct

Consumer buying habits and flavour trends

9.30am - 12.30pm

03 Nov

Nutritional information and food labelling legislation

9.30am - 12.30pm

10 Nov

Increasing sales to new customers

9.30 am - 12.30pm

17 Nov

Supply chain - procurement and sales

9.30am - 12.30pm

24 Nov

Logistics and distribution channels

9.30am - 12.30pm

08 Dec

Producer's guide to new product development and costing

9.30am - 12.30pm

Food and drink businesses - support news

View the latest newsletter outlining support for food and drink businesses from the Business Gateway Growth Hub here: http://bit.ly/3aR5dWM

To keep up to date with business support available from the Growth Hub sign up for news and event newsletters here: https://bizgateway.org.uk/subscribe

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Support for Food and Drink producers

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