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Helping food and drink producers and supply chain businesses grow by providing business support, technical advice and events.
Food and Drink TechHUB support is available to food and drink producers and wider supply chain businesses in the Highland Council area. The support is fully funded and will help businesses grow and reach their potential.
The programme can support key areas such as developing your business plan, product development, packaging, food safety, nutritional analysis, sustainability, waste management, equipment specifications, branding, marketing, e-commerce, implementation of new technologies and will develop collaboration opportunities to benefit the food and drink sector.
Any organisation applying for funding from HIE must comply with our fair work conditions for financial support. Find out more about how we work with organisations and our Fair Work conditionality.
Get in touch by filling out our enquiry form to find out how we can help you. You can also find out more about TechHUB support below, including programme delivery, benefits and frequently asked questions.
Find out about Food and Drink TechHUB events coming up.
We are organising a delegation of ten businesses from the Highland Council region to attend the International Food and Drink Event, 25-27 March 2024 at ExCeL, London. TechHUB will provide accommodation, coordinate tickets for the three-day event, and suggest a timetable and plan to help you optimise your time at the event.
This is a business-to-business event for professionals and buyers to source the latest products and innovations from across the food and drink sector.
To apply for one of the 10 spaces on the trip (1 person per business), please complete the application form available below.
Businesses participating in this event will be expected to reflect on their experience, share their learnings and any outcomes of attending in a one-page summary. Participants will be expected to take pictures at the event to help illustrate their experience. The summary information will be shared with participating businesses to help capture feedback and any lessons learned. Attendees will be asked to participate in a follow-up podcast highlighting the benefits of participating.
The deadline for applications is Friday 1 March 2024. This is a competitive call so please provide detailed answers to help us select the successful applicants.
When businesses come together to solve a problem or share a common ambition, goals that seemed out of reach can become more achievable.
When working as a group with likeminded people, businesses can share knowledge, fuel innovation, deliver solutions and create further opportunities to benefit everyone.
And you don’t have to go it alone. We have specialist support available to help businesses work together in the food and drink sector across the Highlands and Islands.
If you're part of a group or looking to become a group of businesses working together, and need support to tackle a common problem, share development plans, increase sustainability, or grow your sector together, we can help.
Our specialist facilitators can help groups who have identified a collaborative or innovative opportunity that supports growth within the group’s businesses, or the wider food and drink sector in the Highlands and Islands.
Business owners within the group must either:
Please complete the online application form below to apply.
If you’re faced with a challenge or trying to tackle a particular issue within your food and drink business, we have expert support available to help.
Through the Food and Drink TechHUB Business Support Service, we can allocate one-to-one specialist support. Our expert will work closely with you and offer hands on guidance to help you in areas including:
You will receive a mix of one-to-one meetings held over Zoom and background research/signposting, bespoke advice, business reviews and introductions to other businesses or stakeholders that can support the business.
To enquire about our one-to-one support service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up to date with the latest TechHUB news, events, webinars and podcasts.
Food & Drink Business Bytes, our podcast series, brings you everything you need to know about upcoming events, resources, and any funding and support available to food & drink businesses in the Highlands.Food and Drink Business Bytes
Don't worry if you missed our recent workshop and webinar, you can watch them back here. Recent episodes include a focus on packaging and investment and crowdfunding.Workshops and webinars
We are developing plans to create a food and drink technology centre. The premises will include space for research, development and testing of new food and drink products and processes, and incubation space for young/new business to grow.TechHUB news
Food and Drink TechHUB has helped Chocolates of Glenshiel with packaging advice and one to one product development support. In this video you will hear Finlay MacDonald talking about the benefits they have directly experienced from the programme.
Ciara from Gledfield Distillery was recently supported through the Food and Drink TechHUB - image credit Janis Hedley Photography.
Wow! Thank you so much! This is a fantastic list of resources, I'm really grateful for your time and help looking into this for me.
Ciara Bow, founder Glenfield Distillery
The programme of activity will be focussed on delivering specialist support that has been identified by the participating companies. The programme will give businesses free access to specialists in a variety of technical areas through events, a signposting service, innovation clinics, learning journeys, common interest groups and intense 121 support. Information will also be available through videos, podcast and articles/case studies/infographics.
The project is open to any food and drink or supply chain business that is based in the Highland Council area. The project is also open to entrepreneurs and individuals with plans for setting up a new food and drink related business.
The programme of activity is free of charge. The Food and Drink TechHUB is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
No, all funding allocated for this project will be used to deliver the programme. Participants can be signposted to other funding available from HIE and other organisations to implement any recommendations.
The programme will run for 3 years until May 2025. There is an option to extend the programme by an extra year to June 2026.
The programme will focus on delivering specialist support tailored to participant's needs. It will provide you with free access to specialists in a variety of technical areas through events, a signposting service, innovation clinics, learning journeys, common interest groups and intense 1-2-1 support. Information will also be available through videos, podcast, articles and case studies. Find out more below:
We will deliver a series of face-to-face workshops, online workshops and webinars. The workshops will be a mix of technical subjects and networking events.
You will have an opportunity to apply for a one-to-one innovation clinic. It will provide you with a bespoke mentoring session with four experts in a particular area of speciality suited to your business needs. The session will provide practical advice, hints and tips to help you overcome a particular challenge or issue. You will receive a 20-minute call providing advice for you to implement.
If you have taken part in the programme, you will be offered the chance to apply for a place on a learning journey. This will involve visiting a prominent food and drink business or group of successful food and drink businesses operating in Scotland. The learning journeys will give participants the opportunity to understand best practice and learn how successful businesses have grown.
30 businesses will be allocated a specialist within the delivery team or from our database of expert contacts who can be brought in on a case-by-case basis. The expert will work closely with each business and offer hands on guidance to support development. This can include business plans, technical support or support with funding applications.
We will bring together businesses working in the same sector, or those experiencing similar issues or who have similar plans for future development. Groups will be under the supervision of a specialist facilitator from the project team who will facilitate collaboration and support innovative opportunities and projects.
We will be continually adding learning resources and best practice examples to our website including podcasts, videos and case studies, which we will signpost you to.
If your business attends the workshops or registers an interest, you will receive a 30-minute triage call so the project team can better understand:
This will allow the project team to develop a dedicated support plan for each business. The call will also offer a signposting service where the project team can make specific introductions to people and projects in the private, academic and public sector that can help the business and develop collaborative opportunities.
Please note: Funding to implement recommendations within a business made during this programme is not included in this support package. However, participants can be signposted to other funding available from HIE and partners where available.
The project is being delivered by SAC Consulting through the Northern Innovation fund on behalf of HIE.
See out meet the team section below to find out more about the people involved in the Food and Drink TechHUB.
Really helpful conversation with the panel at the TechHub Innovation Clinic- suggestions will be followed up.Kristy Brown, Butchery Manager, Knoydart Trading
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Alistair Trail is a Principal Food and Enterprise Consultant at SAC Consulting and has over 18 years’ experience working in the food and drink sector in areas including local supply chains, sustainability, new product development, innovation, collaboration and funding. Alistair leads on the New Product Development work where he collaborates with SRUC Development Chefs to produce new innovate or healthy products for Scottish food manufacturers. In the TechHUB project, Alistair has responsibility for the delivery of the project and delivers support in areas including innovation, new product development, funding and net zero/circular economy.
Kerry Hammond is a Principal Consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in the commercial food, drink, tourism, retail, and hospitality industries Kerry is an experienced marketer, negotiator, salesperson and coach.
Kerry regularly delivers training, consultancy and coaching to all sizes and types of businesses, covering a range of topics from operations, customer journey, user experience, sales, marketing, PR, pitching skills and confidence, brand creation and brand building, leadership and business planning. For the TechHUB Kerry will be hosting our Podcast “Food and Drink Business Bytes” and will be delivering support in branding, marketing, business planning, sales, online sales and pitching.
Ceri is a strategic thinker with 37 years commercial management, marketing, purchasing and leadership experience in the food, drink and agricultural sector. Having held several senior positions in both SRUC and CWS, Ceri’s key skills include championing change; identifying opportunities & growing businesses beyond their current markets; buying; marketing; product range review and development; leadership; business planning and operational planning. Ceri will be delivering support in areas including branding, marketing, local food and supply chains and business planning.
Paul has experience managing and working on a range of projects for both public and private clients, including feasibility studies, business plans and funding applications for business and organisations across the agri-food sector. More recently Paul has been involved in exploring the application of digital technologies in the agri-food sector, including projects looking at the use of blockchain technology and data security. Paul also has practical farming background and experience in project management, business planning, Knowledge Transfer, facilitation, sales and marketing. Paul will be delivering support in funding, innovation and new technologies.
Calum is a Senior Consultant within the Food and Enterprise team at SAC Consulting. He specialises in farm and croft diversification, agri-tourism, rural business management and provides one-to-one advice to clients and facilitates a wide range of events across Scotland. Calum is from a farming background and has practical experience working in primary agriculture and in the food processing sector. Calum will be supporting businesses in primary production, diversification and agri-tourism.
Luisa Riascos Caipe is a Food and Enterprise Consultant with SAC Consulting and is currently involved in assisting the development of carbon footprint and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) models for food manufacturers. She has worked on research regarding environmentally sustainable food systems looking at circular economy practices, food security and rural resilience. She has a vast knowledge of circular economy applications for fruit and vegetable packaging and alternatives to plastic packaging in the food and drink sector. Luisa will be supporting businesses on packaging, environmental improvements and Life Cycle assessment.
Morag Hamilton is a Development Chef, and she currently collaborates with Scottish Food manufacturers including entrepreneurs and SMEs to create innovative new food products for the Scottish market. She has vast experience in free from products and in reformulating products to create healthy alternatives. Morag will be supporting businesses on recipe development, upscaling production, shelf life and utilising local and foraged ingredients.
This programme is delivered through the Northern Innovation Hub, a funding programme designed to build on and accelerate business innovation.
The Northern Innovation Hub was awarded £11m from the UK Government as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal. The deal is a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, Highland Council, HIE and the University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support through the European Regional Development Fund Scotland Programme.
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