FEAST2 Derbyshire Nottinghamshire and South East Midlands

What is the FEAST2 Derbyshire Nottinghamshire and South East Midlands?

The FEAST2 Derbyshire Nottinghamshire and South East Midlands project allows eligible food and drink manufacturers in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the South East Midlands to access up to 25% in grant funding to support the purchase of production equipment, access up to 12 hours of fully-funded food technical or business mentoring support, and to attend fully-funded workshops on a number of key industry topics.

FEAST2 Derbyshire Nottinghamshire and South East Midlands

Who is eligible?

  • Food and drink manufacturers
  • Based within D2N2 (Derbyshire,
  • Nottinghamshire) or SEMLEP (South East Midlands)
  • SME (Small/Medium Enterprise)
  • Operating predominantly B2B (business to business)

Eligible SEMLEP areas include:

• North Northamptonshire

• West Northamptonshire

• Bedford Borough

• Central Bedfordshire

• Milton Keynes

Businesses will be required to complete and submit a grant application form together with three quotes for each piece of equipment. The business and the application would then be assessed for eligibility and where successful, a business could receive up to 25% of grant funding against terms and conditions applied.

Business Mentoring

Eligible businesses will have access to industry experts, fully subsidised, to receive mentoring in any aspect of business. Our mentors have a wealth of experience in running food and drink manufacturing businesses at specific business skills and are keen to share their knowledge with you.

Technical Apprentices

Throughout the course of the project the Food & Drink Forum will employ a number of technical apprentices to help businesses bridge the skills gap in the sector. The apprentices will receive training from the Forum’s team of technical experts and will gain hands on experience undertaking work placements. Food & Drink Forum apprentices will be available to enter any business on placement at no cost to the business.

Industry Events

We will run a number of industry-specific events throughout the course of the project, bringing like-minded businesses together to share knowledge, best practice and experience.