A new membership initiative called the FADNE Community that is designed to help and support North East businesses within the food, drink and hospitality sector has been launched by Food and Drink North East.
Founded in February 2020, Food and Drink North East is a community interest charity that aims to build the North East’s reputation as a flourishing food and drink destination of local heritage, sustainability, innovation and community.
Since its launch over a year and a half ago, Food and Drink North East has worked tirelessly to support the regional food and drink industry during a turbulent time.
Through a range of projects and initiatives, Food and Drink North East has helped over 50 regional businesses receive targeted specialist support through its Speaking From Experience programme, generated £50,000 in sales of local produce from its Local Heroes initiative to support small producers and traders during the Covid-19 pandemic, and given young students in schools across Newcastle the opportunity to learn, grow, harvest and sell their own fruit and vegetables as part the North East pilot version of the national Young Marketers programme by School Food Matters.
Now, it has launched its most ambitious initiative to date: the FADNE Community. A new, engaged membership network where business owners, thought leaders and sector specialists across the North East can connect and collaborate with others across the region’s food, drink and hospitality industry.
With four levels of engagement available, the FADNE Community offers a host of benefits to those who join its network, ranging from an exciting programme of tailored events and networking opportunities, to financial insights and business support.
The FADNE Community has also created strategic partnerships with some highly respected organisations to offer the FADNE Community unprecedented access to resources that can help their businesses to grow. From significant collaborations with national trade organisation, the Food and Drink Federation, and leading food industry data platform Erudus, to accounting support from Harlands Accountants and international opportunities with Arete Group.
Chris Jewitt, founder and managing director of FADNE says, “We’ve put a huge amount of thought and time into creating an offering that really caters to the needs and appetites of businesses in the North East; through conducting pilot events, gathering data via surveys and talking one-to-one with the fantastic local companies that make up our regional food and drink landscape.
“We really feel that we’ve created something one-of-a-kind with the FADNE Community, which is reflected in our membership benefits and engaging events programme. We’re so grateful to all the businesses who already support us, and are excited to grow our offering that is available to the regional food and drink and hospitality sectors.”
Find out more about the FADNE Community.