Help for young people to get started in food production

The future of the food industry is largely in the hands of small-scale producers, and it is clear that we need more small food businesses in Wales if we want to produce our food in a sustainable way.

By Miriam Fisher, Crickhowell

With the cost of university education at an all-time high, the idea of owning and running a successful food business is an ever more appetising option for young people in Wales like me. We want to stay living here, but what if there are no jobs?

There is a huge amount of help and support out there, from feedback on business ideas, to courses, to funding and mentoring.

A good place to start is look at what opportunities there are to sell food right now in Crickhowell.

Also, it is worth having a look at the New Food Entrepreneurs website for great examples of food businesses in Wales and elsewhere. This website was built by the same people starting up this project in Crickhowell.

I have researched what’s out there and have come up with this list. (If you spot a gap, get in touch!)

Good luck!


Help to get going with new business ideas

Big Ideas Wales

Big Ideas Wales offer support for young people interested in starting their own business. They have a website full of useful information and advice for young entrepreneurs, from thinking about setting up a business, to marketing and employing people. They also run workshops all over Wales to inspire young people and support their ideas. Role Models, people with their own business, deliver these workshops and can be provide on-going help.

They are really friendly too and happy to talk.



Agora is a project that supports small food businesses in south east Wales. They can help if you have new business ideas you want to develop.


Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a UK membership organisation for entrepreneurs. It organises lots of things, including 300 meetings a year on different topics. They have a Next Generation project for young entrepreneurs and they support female entrepreneurs through the She Means Business project.


Prince’s Trust Wales

The Prince’s Trust helps young people aged 18-30 to start their own business. Whether you have a business in mind or simply want to explore an idea, they provide training, mentoring and funding through their free business start-up support. You can either take part in this programme at one of their centres in Wales or sign up to Enterprise Online.


And for people a little further down the line…….


Food Innovation Wales

Food Innovation Wales, backed by Welsh Government, brings together three food centres: The ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre (Cardiff Metropolitan University), The Food Centre Wales (Horeb, Ceredigion) and The Food Technology Centre (Coleg Menai). These food centres can provide feedback on new ideas, help to develop and test new products and provide technical advice on food technology.


Further education courses

Here are some courses in growing and food production in Wales, though you could go anywhere in UK or even beyond to find more.

Food Science & Technology degree at Cardiff Met offers an entry into the food industry.

Tasty Careers Wales website has a list of courses around the UK, for example, food management, food technology, baking/patisserie, brewing, fish & shellfish and butchery.

Cambria Training in Welshpool offers food & drink apprenticeships.

Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthen offers a number of part-time and full-time courses and apprenticeships in horticulture.

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


If you want to learn about growing food during a climate emergency, check out Learn how to grow food sustainably and make money.




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 local food & drink businesses to grow


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