Free expert workshops helping local businesses get a slice of the action

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Local agri-food businesses are learning how to grow their businesses with a number of free workshops as part of Mid and East Antrim’s Food Network.

The network aims to get agri-food businesses working together to promote the sector, in and out of the borough, as not only somewhere for ‘foodies’ to get fresh, local, high quality produce but also to open doors for them to bag contracts to grow their businesses.

Sixty businesses are already involved and council is hoping to expand this to even more local chefs, producers, agri-food and hospitality businesses.

The network is free to join and meets monthly at themed workshops, featuring the food industry’s top specialist speakers, who reveal the tricks of the trade to take businesses from strength to strength.

At each workshop there is also a chance to meet other local businesses in the sector to learn from their experiences and potentially forge new relationships that could benefit traders.

The network also offers unique opportunities to exhibit at major trade shows at heavily reduced rates with mentoring support.

Already this year council has taken producers to Balmoral, Ifex, London’s Speciality and Fine Food Fair and has its sights on further shows in Great Britain in 2019.

The next workshop is on building brand awareness with Great Taste judge and sales manager for Britain’s leading cheesemonger, Paxton & Whitfield, Jeremy Bowen.

This practical workshop will give you a ten point plan on how to get your brand out there.

Other workshops include, how to apply for food awards from leading Irish food award founder Fallon Moore, a meet the bloggers event, tips and tricks for packaging and product development, first steps to export markets and more.

There is also a new Facebook group for members of the network to join which is private and allows you a forum to ask questions and share learning.

For more details you can go to www.amplifymidandeastantrim.com to see how you can join today and let your business flourish.

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