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

Speaking from experience

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

Please email if you’re interested in FADNE delivering Speaking From Experience in your area.

Speaking from experience

Beyond the Kitchen Table (BTKT) is a specialised training programme, designed by Food and Drink North East, for small-scale food and drink producers looking to expand their business and become retail-ready.

I would highly recommend the Beyond the Kitchen Table programme for any small or micro food and drink business that is looking to expand into the retail and foodservice sectors.

The programme is well-structured and provides a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know to get your business ready for retail, from developing your story and honing your pitch to meeting the needs of potential buyers. The one-to-one mentoring is also invaluable and provides you with tailored support to help you achieve your business goals.

Philip Lauder

The Donut Lab

Please email if you’re interested in FADNE delivering Beyond The Kitchen Table in your area.

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