Free help given to Leicester food and drink firms
A new scheme is being launched to provide free business support to food and drink manufacturers.
Trade organisation the Food and Drink Forum has received £94,500 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - which is providing more than 60 per cent of the cost of the scheme - the Food and Drink Forum, and Leicester City Council through the Working Neighbourhood Fund.
The money will go to the Leicester Food Specialist service to help eligible firms grow and develop, including two free days of support to start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in the city centre area.
The help could range from technical advice and packaging services to help with new routes to market or accreditation. The two days of support is for a maximum of 25 companies.
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Further events will focus on offering support to overcome challenges faced by food manufacturers.
A launch is being held on Thursday, February 28 at the Flamingo Restaurant, in Loughborough Road, Leicester.
Fiona Anderson, managing director of the Food and Drink Forum, said: "Leicester's food and drink sector plays a key role in the local economy and this new service will help to ensure the industry continues to develop and grow."
For details, call 0115 975 8810 or e-mail: