Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service
About the Fund
Discover more information about the fund, including how to apply.
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 looking for local Scottish food and drink suppliers?
- Are you looking to grow your business and build connections in the local area?
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 –
Business development & finding new local markets
Sources of private and public funding
Creating food tourism trails
Food and drink legislation
Branding, marketing, digital promotions
Forming common interest groups and network
Maximising the impact of attending events
Developing regionally based market development initiatives
Some of Our Latest News
£250k fund created to support local produce. Applications are now being accepted for grants of up to £5,000, as part of a new initiative to help drive projects that celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink. A total of £250,000 is available for...read more
Food and drink business across Tayside are being invited to a two-part series of free workshops in Perth, aimed at supporting businesses who are looking to develop their commercial capabilities Delivered by experts from Connect Local, the Scottish Government’s local...read more
Connect Local's Ceri Ritchie and Fiona Richmond recently attended an event hosted by Food from Fife, which brought together chefs and producers from across the region. The event aimed to highlight and share the experiences and challenges of catering in Scotland, as...read more
What Others Are Saying
“It was interesting to meet people from and outwith my industry. The presenters were open and knew their topic, delivered in a relaxed manner. Although the information was quite top line it did spark some idea and discussion. Interesting day, thanks!” – West Supplier Development Workshop 2018
“Really good session. Presenters were very good and made it interactive” – West Supplier Development Workshop 2018
“Ceri and Kerry were very helpful and approachable and took the time to answer one-on-one questions we had throughout the day. Their experience from both sides of the industry was very helpful.” – West Supplier Development Workshop 2018
“Extremely useful workshop, I learned a tremendous amount” – Building A Bestselling Business workshop 2017
“The course was extremely helpful and I also met local council employees who gave me further advice on help and support for small businesses. All in all a valuable tool to help me grow my business” – Building A Bestselling Business workshop 2017
“As a newly established producer group, we needed guidance on setting up and getting our names out there. We asked Douglas for support and he came along and shared his knowledge and expertise to guide us through the process.”
“Having Connect Local present at the event meant that suppliers were able to access a whole range of support services in one go. The free advisory services provided were very compatible with the aims and ambitions of the meet the buyer event.”
“Kerry’s advice provided a structure and a thought process that everybody could take away and use in their businesses to help grow their own brands as well as work collaboratively with others.”
“It was great to get so many buyers in the same room who were actively looking for new and interesting products to add to their ranges, making it the perfect opportunity to gain new listings for our products and grow our business.”
“Kerry gave us excellent marketing advice and she helped us with both our strategy and our brand. Working with Connect Local has been extremely beneficial to us and Kerry was competent and capable at guiding us.”