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By Fiona Reid
Business accelerator aims to help firms

A NEW accelerator programme aimed at helping food and drinks businesses across Dumfries and Galloway find the recipe to long-term success and sustainability, is due to get underway early next year.

The Food and Drink Accelerator Programme is a partnership initiative of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council, delivered by Elevator. The project forms part of the key strategic objectives agreed by both councils under the North Channel Partnership.

Established food and drinks operators, who have a hunger to grow professionally and personally, will be given the opportunity to gain the skills, capability and plans to scale their businesses rapidly and sustainably.

Six businesses will be selected from each council area, including this region, to take part in the ten week programme, running from January to March 2022.

It will feature three phases – Discover: Develop: Deliver. Each week, core sessions will introduce participants to key elements to support the growth of their business. Topics will include value proposition, scaling, marketing, business planning, circular economy and next steps, along with tailored sessions for food and drink companies. Industry experts and experienced mentors will challenge successful candidates on their goals, plans and business ideas, fine-tuning them until they are investor-ready.

Dumfries and Galloway Council depute leader Rob Davidson said: “This programme will have mutual benefits to both councils, and highlights the significance of the work of the North Channel Partnership. The programme will also further enhance and complement the suite of supports that are delivered by our economic development department and Business Gateway.”

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