Funding and Business Support Opportunities
for Food and Drink Businesses in the North East

Specifically designed for the North East food and drink sector, this tailor-made course by Food and Drink North East featured six weekly workshops that gave businesses the confidence to plan ahead for the future.

I had found myself at a critical point with my business, running it from home, needing to expand but feeling daunted by the financial and logistical hurdles. The Speaking From Experience course gave me the confidence to tackle those issues head-on, with the reassurance that so many small businesses before me have managed it and succeeded.

I am happy to say that since I completed the course I have written a full business plan, made financial projections, and managed to secure finance to develop my business. I am hopefully about to secure a premise to expand the production, and feel really excited about the future. Thank you FADNE for your brilliant insights.

Zoe Robertson

Good Tempered Chocolate Co, North Shields

The Speaking From Experience series proved invaluable to our business. It was engaging and had real depth and breadth. I found myself inspired to action after every workshop, and I feel so much better equipped to ask the right questions of myself, my colleagues and my employees.

Our business was already in a good place, but even in the short time since the sessions it now feels like the business sits on a more solid and thoughtful foundation.

Neil Le Flohic

Pink Lane Bakery, Newcastle

12 Hours of Fully-Funded, One-To-One Specialist Support

Receive specialist business support from our team of experts at FADNE who have sector-based experience in areas such as supply chain, operations, technical, product development, marketing, communications, commercial and retail.

If you are a micro, small or medium-sized business based in the rural areas of Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside then you may be eligible to qualify for this support.

Additional Business Support Available

Speaking From Experience Programme

Speaking From Experience Programme

Register your interest in this course of six weekly workshops that is specifically designed for businesses in the North East food and drink sector.

North East Business Support Fund

North East Business Support Fund

The North East Business Support Fund has been extended through to March 2023 and is now open again for Applications.

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Food and Drink North East is a community interest company (CIC) whose aim is to build a vibrant and engaged community that champions positive trade, promotes a sustainable, circular economy and acts as a collective and inclusive voice for the region’s food and drink sector. Our overall objective is to grow the sector’s contribution to the regional economy to 10% GVA by 2025.

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