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?

For advice, support and the latest information on the Coronavirus crisis, please visit www.foodanddrink.scot/coronavirus or contact Scotland Food & Drink directly on info@foodanddrink.scot.

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

Food and drink funding – celebrating local produce

Regional projects and businesses across Scotland have been awarded funding to promote locally sourced food and drink. A total of 21 projects will share £95,550 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund. Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon announced the funding on a...

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Boost for regional food and drink sector

£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...

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Upcoming Workshops

Storytelling and Sense of Place: Food Tourism Workshop

This free workshop is delivered by a range of specialists with extensive experience working with both the food & drink and tourism sectors. It will offer ideas and opportunities to celebrate ‘sense of place’ plus tips for telling stories around local produce, and...

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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

Gintensify

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

John Walsh

Redcastle Spirits Ltd