northernirelandworld.com 10 Jan, 2022 17:15 am

Your business can help shape M&EA new Food & Drink Network

Your business can help shape M&EA new Food & Drink Network
Local food and drink producers are invited to the launch event of the Mid and East Antrim Food and Drink Network on Wednesday, January 19, at 10:30am.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, pictured with the Estate Manager of Glenarm Castle, Adrian Morrow And, more recently, the Food and Drink Accelerator Programme, delivered in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council, which aims to provide intensive acceleration support and provide businesses with the opportunity to gain the skills, capabilities, learn from peers and support to scale rapidly and sustainably.New network will bring together agri-food businesses from across Mid & East Antrim Council has tasked Birnie Consultancy with the role of lead facilitator of the network for the next six months with the aim of working with the Borough’s food and drink producers to deliver an ‘industry led’ action plan, which will inform the direction of the network and the key initiatives the sector can be supported through or collectively embark upon in the longer term.There will also be a chance to hear from Special Guest – Santina Kennedy, who is a specialist at Powerscourt Distillery and also the Co-ordinator of Wicklow Naturally - a very successful food and drink network which champions the area’s wonderful food and drink producers.Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, said: “The re-establishment of a Food and Drink network in the Borough provides a great platform for local businesses to engage with each other, collaborate to face challenges or identify new opportunities to strengthen their businesses and indeed the sector as a whole within the Borough.

“I would urge food and drink producers throughout the Borough to get involved by attending the network launch event and to play your part in shaping the future direction of the network.The re-establishment of a network for the sector was identified as part of an agri-food study commissioned by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in June 2019.

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