What a start! We knew the food and drink sector was strong here in Cornwall, but we have been bowled over by all the attention and interest in our Food and Drink Cornwall programme.

In just a few short weeks there have been more than 150 enquiries and we have begun working with over 50 Cornish food and drink producers. That’s getting close to capacity already, so, if you are a food and drink producer looking for support, we advise you to sign up via our website without delay.

The businesses are from a rich variety of different product segments, including dairy, beer, gin, chocolate, agriculture, pasta, condiments and many more. They are working through a GROWTHmapper analysis of their business with our seasoned business consultants and digging deep to find, and make the most of, their opportunities for growth.

We examine the key aspects of a business, including, supply chain, logistics, finance, marketing, and sustainability. The aim is to help identify opportunities, both internally and externally that will help shape both the business and products for the future. It’s about leveraging skills and USP’s and removing barriers to success. Businesses working with us have also been attending a series of our popular workshops on subjects like Instagram photography, Shopify website design and using labelling for success – there are plenty more scheduled for the next few weeks.

Our networks and partners, including the incredible team at River Cottage, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and The Great Cornish Food Store have been helping us to shape the work we are doing. We have also been out and about around Cornwall filming segments for the digital learning platform that clients on the project will have access to. This ground-breaking resource will provide video content from industry experts, insights and actions that are relevant to businesses on the project, it includes assignments and feedback on tasks set by the team.

We are working hard on the industry conference that will take place on May 12 at The Eden Projects. Thought leaders in the industry and an invited audience, representing all sectors, will present their views and learn of insights gleaned during delivery of the programme. There’ll be a keynote speech from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and an expert panel helping to challenge and lead the conversation that will help inform the future of support for the sector here in Cornwall.

This Cornwall Council and UK Community Renewal Funded project is set to end in June, with limited numbers of businesses able to access the support. If you are keen to get involved or find out more, you can visit our website here or follow us on Instagram for more insight.