Make Innovation Happen is a new and ambitious service to support food and drink businesses to innovate.
Innovation is important to Scotland’s economy. To make innovation effective for Scottish businesses, Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise brought together representatives from across industry, academia and the public sector. The group worked in partnership to develop the new Make Innovation Happen service.
Innovation in farming, fishing, food and drink is vital to empower Scotland’s food and drink businesses to respond to today’s consumer and market needs and to adapt to future challenges and opportunities.
Research shows that when a company innovates, they are twice as likely to grow and three times more likely to export successfully. Many companies are already making good use of the world-class research base on their doorstep.
If you're working on something new or different that will add value to your business, whether it involves product development, your processes or employees, we can help you explore your ideas and develop them all the way through to market.
Our 'connectors' are people who know about the range of support available and can help you tap into the right support for your business.
As part of that new Make Innovation Happen service, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise are investing £650,000 into a new Food and Drink Collaborative Innovation Fund.
The fund is a bi-annual competition for groups of businesses within Scotland's food and drink supply chain - with a focus on small to medium sized enterprises (SME's). Larger companies may be part of the collaboration but should have at least one SME in their project. The aim of the fund is to encourage a culture of collaborative innovation by addressing key food and drink opportunities or challenges.
The current funding round opens on 1 July 2017 and closes at 12 noon on 30 September 2017. There will be a further two funding calls per year in 2018 and 2019.
The programme is focused on small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) within Scotland's food and drink sector. Larger companies may be part of the collaboration but should have at least one SME in their project.
Find our more about the fund and apply on the Make Innovation Happen site >
More information and how to use the service is available on www.makeinnovationhappen.scot
You can also call 0300 013 3385 or email email@example.com