Small and medium sized food and drink businesses in the West can access free support and advice at a series of workshops provided by the Scottish Government’s food and drink advisory service, Connect Local.

The programme of three workshops will take place in various locations across the west coast and will be delivered by the team of food and drink experts from Connect Local. The workshops can be attended individually or as a series and will cover branding and marketing; supply chain and sales support for those looking to develop their commercial capabilities.

The first workshops, ‘Building the Brand’, take place on 14th (Glasgow City Centre) and 15th (Kilmarnock) November and businesses are being urged to book soon to avoid disappointment.

‘Supply Savvy’ will take place in Paisley (24th January) and Hamilton (25th January), with the final workshop, ‘Selling for Success’, taking place in Glasgow City Centre on 7th February 2018.

Connect Local is working in partnership with industry leadership organisation, Scotland Food & Drink, to provide support for businesses looking to grow their business by attending Scotland Food & Drink’s ‘Showcasing Scotland – WEST’ event on 7th March 2018.

Ceri Ritchie, Project Manager at Connect Local, said:

The team at Connect Local have developed a programme that provides support and advice for small to medium sized food and drink businesses who are looking to develop their commercial capabilities. We are encouraging as many businesses as possible to register for each of the three workshops, which will cover branding, supply chain and sales support in regions across the West.

“The free workshops are a fantastic opportunity for businesses who then go on to attend the Showcasing Scotland – WEST event and will help ensure they are in strong position when meeting with potential buyers.”

Small and medium sized food and drink businesses will have the opportunity to grow their business and showcase their products to buyers from hotels, restaurants, farm shops and delicatessens across the region at Hampden Park, Glasgow on 7th March 2018.

For more information and online registration, visit