The Business Growth Hub is running a ‘Recipe for Success’ series of events over January and February to help food and drink manufacturers in Greater Manchester expand into new retail markets.
The events, which have been developed in partnership with Bolton Council, will cover a range of topics, including what major retailers expect from their suppliers, the latest ways businesses can test and refine products and an opportunity to pitch products to a high street retailer.
The first three workshops will focus on how to start working with major retailers, what standards and accreditations they expect in their supply chains and what ways new products can be tested and developed for the retail market.
A breakfast launch event on 22 January will introduce the follow-up workshops with expert speakers from the Business Growth Hub, Manchester Metropolitan and Chester universities and food safety certification body, SALSA.
The launch will also outline the range of support options the Business Growth Hub offers for businesses in the food and drink sector.
The Hub’s Green Growth service, delivered by ENWORKS, will be on hand at the event to offer its resource efficiency support, which has already helped hundreds of businesses in the food and drink sector to grow through improving resource management and environmental standards.
Previous success stories include the Manchester Rusk Company, which achieved annual savings of nearly £300,000 and 71 tonnes of CO2e by improving its packaging and energy efficiency.
A short video detailing the Manchester Rusk Company’s resource efficiency journey is available here.
To book a place for the Recipe for Success launch event on 22 January, or any of the follow-up workshops, click here.