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

 Food What?

The Food WorksSW 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 and your ideas to thrive.

 Food Where?

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

 Food Why?

The Food WorksSW 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

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….

Resources

We have made all of our ongoing materials available for you to download and share.

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The Centre

A Recipe for Success

The Food WorksSW 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.

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. The Food WorksSW will be the flagship site at the heart of this – an all in one dynamic development area.

Let The Food WorksSW work for you

Whether you’re just starting out or an established brand looking to innovate, diversify or expand, The 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 The Food WorksSW 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 AND CREATE
The Food WorksSW 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 AND 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 AND 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.

Thanks Harry @ziylo & Ashley @Unit_DX for tour & chat today. What a great offer for early-stage science companies - a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time. Not surprised you're nearly at capacity. Exciting stuff!