Help for local food & drink businesses to grow

There is a LOT of support for food businesses around Crickhowell to grow. We have pulled together the main schemes in Wales to help our food economy to grow.

It is worth having a look at the New Food Entrepreneurs website for great examples of food businesses in Wales and elsewhere. We built this website while developing the project in Crickhowell.


BIC Innovation

BIC Innovation is a private firm that helps businesses to develop. They offer skills training, help with business strategy, marketing, operations and innovation. They manage support programmes projects for the Welsh Government.

  • Atlantic Healthy Food EcoSystem (AFHES) project – training and mentoring to develop new health food products and access new markets. This is a project that brings food businesses together from countries and regions along the Atlantic coast in France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and UK, including Galicia, Brittany, the Basque Country, Northern Ireland and Wales.
  • Future Foods – help for food businesses to collaborate with other businesses on R&D.


Food Business Investment Scheme – funding

The Food Business Investment Scheme is Government funding for primary and secondary processing of agricultural products, available for businesses, voluntary sector organisations and farmers.


Food and Drink Wales

Food and Drink Wales leads the Welsh Government’s strategy to grow the food and drink sector. Key features on its website are:


Food Innovation Walesfree access to product development facilities and advice

“Food Innovation Wales is the go-to resource for support, advice and creative ideas to help get you started, expand, and find solutions to technical operational conundrums.” As part of Project HELIX, Food Innovation Wales has three centres that offer free space and help with developing new products.


Food Skills Cymru

Food Skills Cymru provides 50-80% subsidised training courses for food manufacturing businesses based in Wales and registered with Food & Drink Wales. Topics covered are business management, sales & marketing, ICT, food hygiene, labelling & packaging and environmental management. There are also courses on specific food businesses: gluten free, meat, fish & shellfish, dairy, beer & cider, baking, preserves, confectionery, soft drinks, wines & spirits, oil & fats, fruit & veg.


Menter a Busness

Menter a Busnes provides help to businesses with skills, business development and innovation. They have offices in Bangor, Meifod, St Asaph, Aberystwyth (head office) and Cardiff. They deliver a range of Government funded business support projects aimed at the food and drink sectors.

  • Total Food Marketing – support for food and drink businesses to grow and develop – mentoring, training, workshops, marketing assistance.
  • Cywain – help for new and existing food and drink producers to develop new products and access markets – workshops, surgeries and mentoring; also help to build collaborations between producers, processors and retailers.
  • AGORA – free support for food producers, growers and craftspeople in Powys and south east Wales who want to develop new ideas, grow their market or collaborate.
  • Farming Connect – business development support and training if you are a farmer or forester.


Tyfu Cymru

Tyfu Cymru supports commercial horticulture (edible and ornamental) in Wales – reaching new markets, scaling up and adapting to environmental challenges. Tyfu Cymru offers free skills training and support to build business collaborations. It can signpost horticulture businesses to other sources of support.


Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has a number of schemes.

The Rural Business Investment Scheme – Food – funding

This Welsh Government programme provides grants for food and drink processors and manufacturers with less than 50 employees. The scheme can provide up to 40% of costs or up to £50,000.

Co-operation and Supply Chain Development Scheme – funding

This Welsh Government programme provides grants for co-operation between businsses, partiuclalry in rural areas. It also has a focus on carbon sequestration in soil. 100% funding between £2,400 and £10million (!)

Other Government finance is presented at Business Wales’ Finding Finance.

A Government on-line newsletter, Gwlad, reports on new developments.

A lot of these resources are currently unavailable due to COVID-19. Please check their individual websites for further updates. 


Photo: Tim Jones, As You See It Media


See also:

Invitation to Crickhowell residents: how to use this site

Our plan: build a new local food economy

Our invitation to other towns and regions

We are responding to three crises: climate, local control, depopulation

How we in Crickhowell can respond to the climate crisis through how we eat

Is local food affordable?

Who we are

Our vision (work in progress)

Learn how to grow food sustainably and make money

Help for young people to get started in food production


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