Showcasing Scotland Regional



Discover how to grow local and regional sales

  • Are you trying to grow your sales in your region or across Scotland?

  • Are you aiming to showcase your products at one of the upcoming regional trade events?

  • Want to ensure you make the most of that opportunity?

Connect Local can provide you and your business with advice and support to prepare for new trading relationships in the run up to Scotland Food & Drink’s Showcasing Scotland Regional events. Designed to help food producers build their business for profitable growth, food and drink experts from Connect Local are hosting a series of workshops across the country.

We’ll take you through what you need to know to market your business and product effectively. Ensuring your business basics are right will enable you to pitch successfully to potential new customers.

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Discover what you’ll learn by attending one of Connect Local’s workshops in support of the Showcasing Scotland Regional events.

Upcoming Workshops

Details of all upcoming workshops will be shown below. If none are listed, please check back closer to the next Showcasing event.

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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Connect Local: Selling for Success

Connect Local, the Scottish Government's local food and drink marketing advisory service, is delighted to offer business a free practical and interactive workshop designed to help food and drink build sales, marketing techniques and pitching skills for success....

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Food Tourism Learning Journey to Iceland

Join us in March 2020, where a group of professionals from Scotland’s seafood industry will travel to North Iceland for a learning journey focused on studying food tourism in the Icelandic seafood sector.

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What Others Are Saying

  “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.”  

  “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  

“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  

“Thank you for the professional and informative workshop. I found it very helpful.” 

– Supplier Development Workshop, Inverness, August 2018

“Great atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Thank you.”

– Supplier Development Workshop, Inverness, August 2018

“The opportunity to attend these workshops was very helpful and valuable. Thanks to all involved in facilitating this.”

– Supplier Development Workshop, Inverness, August 2018