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

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

Storytelling and Sense of Place

This free full-day workshop, delivered by Opportunity North East in partnership with Interface, Scotland Food & Drink, Connect Local and the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and supported by VisitAberdeenshire, brings together academic and business speakers to share insights and experiences on working with the food & drink and tourism sectors.

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Food and Drink Supplier Ready Workshop with Connect Local

Calling all Food and Drink Suppliers! Are you trying to grow your sales in your region or across Scotland? Are you aiming to showcase your products at upcoming regional trade events to attract wholesales and medium to large buyers? Want to ensure you make the most of...

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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