Where food business
takes flight
Exciting things are happening on a former
airfield, as a regional centre for excellence in food and
drink gets ready to welcome you


Getting your business bubbling
Expect purpose-built work spaces and
expert advice on hand to help your business
thrive and expand

Affordable, flexible
and accessible
Let us help you find the ideal unit
in a great location: affordable, flexible and fit
for every food and drink project

Connecting the
South West's best producers
Our designated Food Enterprise Zone
will empower local producers to collaborate,
innovate and identify new markets

plan | create | innovate

plan | create | innovate

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 FoodWhat?

FoodWorksSW will be a dynamic food and drink innovation centre, offering food-grade business units, product development facilities and food labs, plus hands-on business support to help you thrive.

 FoodWhere?

We will be based in a new Food Enterprise Zone near Weston in North Somerset, just 10 minutes from the M5, offering easy transport access and flexible space for your business to expand.

 FoodWhy?

FoodWorksSW will create a focal point and regional centre of excellence for food and drink producers across the region, to help new businesses begin and established producers to innovate and grow

Four Interactive Summer Workshops

This series of workshops are for anyone with a food and drink product or service idea. Each workshop provides an interactive morning session on subjects from market research through manufacture to financing your idea. Join other likeminded people to explore and discuss the key areas of product development and marketing with each session offering a afternoon one-to-one session for your own idea.

Is there a
market?
15th June

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Getting to
market?
29th June

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Make it or get it made?
13th July

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Where to source money?
27th July

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Additional July Workshops

Exporting is Great – where do I start?
5th July

Regional food and drink SME workshop
6th July

 Business Development Programme 

A Place To Grow 

We’re bringing together a host of industry experts to offer targeted support for businesses across the region, including one-to-one clinics, mentoring, workshops and seminars as well as financial, marketing and legal advice. Sign up to our newsletter to get your business growing….

Project Contact Details

Phil Jones
FoodWorksSW, The Hive, 6 Beaufighter Road,
Weston-super-Mare BS24 8EE

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FREE drop-in surgeries – booking now!

Take advantage of our FREE drop in business surgeries at our offices in The Hive, Weston-super- Mare where you can meet one of our specialist food and drink advisors to discuss your needs, problems, opportunities. In some case we may be able to solve your problem there and then or conduct an on-site follow up visit at your business to get the full picture.

Our team have a wealth of experience & expertise in all aspects of food industry and also sound general business skills and knowledge.

Areas of support from our team include (but not limited to):

·  R&D Strategy
·  New product and process development
·  Technical issues – food hygiene requirements, HACCP
·  Financial management and R&D Tax Credits
·  Strategy and business planning
·  Sales and Marketing
·  Customer Relationship Management
·  The development of new markets through exporting
·  People and team development
·  Finding new premises or expanding your existing offering

To take the next step in your business growth and development, please contact Phil Jones to book your place on one of our surgeries. Please specify your preferred hourly timeslot between our 9-5 opening hours.

To ensure that we have the right advisor at the surgery please also include in your email an indication of what your key business challenges/current plans are.

UPCOMING SURGERY DATES
Thursday 8 June / 15 June / 22 June / 29 June

 FoodWorksSW 

A Recipe For Success 

FoodWorksSW is a vibrant new hub for nurturing local food business, with state of the art facilities, technical support and expert advice to get your business bubbling. Connecting local producers to collaborate, innovate, identify new markets and create jobs within the sector.

Project Contact Details

Mandie Berry and Simon Gregory
Economic Development Service, North Somerset Council, Town Hall,
Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ

01934 426266
business@n-somerset.gov.uk

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Get in touch about FoodworksSW:

Food Enterprise Zone

In The Zone

North Somerset now has a DEFRA defined Food Enterprise Zone at Junction 21 Enterprise Area ( J21EA), creating ideal conditions for food developers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. FoodWorksSW will be the flagship site at the heart of this, creating a hothouse not just for food and drink manufacturers, but also for related businesses including R&D, packaging and logistics, all in one dynamic development area.

Project Contact Details

Mandie Berry and Simon Gregory
Economic Development Service,
North Somerset Council, Town Hall,
Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ

01934 426266
business@n-somerset.gov.uk

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Find out more about the new Food Enterprise Zone:

Let FoodWorksSW work for you

Whether you’re just starting out or an established brand looking to innovate, diversify or expand, FoodWorksSW will bring a feast of business benefits.

Connections and collaboration

A close-knit cluster of businesses, facilities and support, all in one place to encourage partnerships and mutual support.

Easy access to M5

Just 10 minutes from Junction 21, The Food Enterprise Zone and FoodworksSW will bring together a significant cluster of businesses, facilities and support in one place, simplifying logistics and giving your business the flexible space it needs to thrive and expand.

Space to innovate & create

FoodWorks will offer state of the art R&D test facilities and access to specialist on-site practitioners to encourage creative innovation and enable new product development to flourish.

Affordable and adaptable

We’ll provide the ideal food-grade business unit: affordable, fit for purpose and with flexible, ‘easy in and easy out’ terms.

Room to grow & thrive

Product development facilities that will enable you to scale up production, re-formulate recipes, try new equipment, try small-batch runs and push product testing further.

Specialist support & advice

We’ll help you develop and learn, with affordable and accessible business advice delivered by national, regional and local specialist providers. You can access this support now as part of our pilot business programme from The Hive.

Built-in networking

Stay in the loop: our vibrant and dynamic business centre will create a focal point for the region’s food and drink entrepreneurs to meet, network, develop and innovate.

Access to funding providers

Connect with investors who understand the Food and Drink sector, recognise growth SMEs and are more likely to back a business like yours.

Events and conferences

Make the most of our conferencing facilities, trade show & exhibition area, networking space, hot desking and meeting room hire on offer.

To join us in creating something truly exciting, book a mentoring session or workshop now.

FoodWorksSW is…

Flexible and Friendly
“FoodWorksSW has given us the ideal opportunity to grow our bottling capacity within miles of where we started. We’ve made some great connections too!”

JOHN FLAVOURS, Managing Director
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Flexible and Friendly
“FoodWorksSW has given us the ideal opportunity to grow our bottling capacity within miles of where we started. We’ve made some great connections too!”

JOHN TRETHOWANS, Managing Director
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Flexible and Friendly
“FoodWorksSW has given us the ideal opportunity to grow our bottling capacity within miles of where we started. We’ve made some great connections too!”

JOHN THATCHER, Managing Director
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