Somerset West & Taunton, and Sedgemoor District Councils are working with the Food and Drink Forum to launch a Food & Drink Mapping project.
Through the project, the local Food & Drink Forum team based here at The Food WorksSW, will be contacting as many food and drink producers, suppliers and local retailers based within the Somerset West & Taunton, and Sedgemoor District Council areas as possible, gathering feedback from businesses in the local area and their supply chain. From this, a publicly available map will be produced highlighting to businesses and the wider community the local supply chain and where to buy locally.
This work will provide important data and link into a wider food initiative the South West Food Hub- www.thesouthwestfoodhub.co.uk/- an innovative project targeting public procurement to increase local business access to public food and drink supply opportunities in the region.
This support maybe linked to issues such as:
- food hygiene
- Nutritional improvements
- Recipe development
- Markets and ecommerce
- Improved costings
- Scaling up
- Accreditation schemes such as SALSA and BRC.
The more we know from businesses the better any support that may become available can be targeted in the right areas.
The survey will involve a short interview with a business, or through completing a short survey that will help us find out more about the business, product and supply chain. This will provide information that will help identify the industry specific support businesses of all sizes and stage of development are looking for, or maybe not realising they need to help move the business forward or even keep it going. This will then help the Councils identify any support packages they can provide for business in their areas.
Independent retailers promoting local products will also be included in this project to help map where these products are available to residents and communities to buy to further support local business.
This survey will also help identify what support might be needed by businesses and suppliers to benefit from the new SW Food Hub: www.thesouthwestfoodhub.co.uk/ that will provide local businesses with improved opportunities to supply into the public sector, including schools, colleges and hospitals from next year.
If you are interested in taking part, the online questionnaire can be completed here, or call the survey team based at Food WorksSW in Weston-super-Mare on 01934 315381, to discuss further or email email@example.com for more information.
Simon Gregory Food and Drink Forum Commercial Manager South West, Food Works SW.
Hattie Winter, Economic Development, Somerset West & Taunton Council
Nathaniel Lucas, Economic Development Manager, Sedgemoor Council