Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service

Welcome to Connect Local

  • Do you run a Scottish food or drink business?
  • Are you a member of, or thinking of setting up, a common interest or regional group or network?
  • Are you working collaboratively to help promote local and regional food and drink?
  • Are you looking to develop your capabilities and grow your business?

If any of the above apply, then you’re in the right place!

Delivered by our expert team of food and drink specialists, Connect Local is a free service that can help with advice on:

Some of Our Latest News

Regional Food Fund: £95k to Support Local Produce

Local food and drink initiatives are toasting their success this New Year after being awarded grants totalling £95,700 from the second round of the Regional Food Fund. The funding has been awarded to 21 projects across the country  ranging from smaller-scale, localised programmes to larger collaborative initiatives.

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Funding for collaborative local food and drink projects in Scotland

Applications are being accepted for grants of up to £5,000 as part of an initiative to help drive collaborative projects that celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink in Scotland. £65,000 has already been awarded to 15 projects across Scotland, providing vital funding when these initiatives need it most.

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Upcoming Workshops

The Connect Local workshops, led by expert trainers, with years of commercial and practical experience, are designed to equip delegates with tangible skills and knowledge to help their business grow. Here’s what some of our delegates have had to say:

Fantastic course. Useful and relevant information. Both course trainers were excellent.

Jonathan Sharman

Seven Kings Brewery

Really interesting and useful day.  Great environment to ask questions and not made to feel daft for doing so. Recommend!

Kathryn Baker

Sacred Grounds Coffee Company

Enjoyable, relevant and engaging. Relaxed atmosphere – felt comfortable asking questions.

Carole Somerville


I have found the conversations really beneficial and [they] have made me consider how we move forward.

John Walsh

Redcastle Spirits Ltd