South Somerset District Council has arranged the networking
group meetings after receiving a share of the Defra
scheme grant. The funding will help to promote regional food and
The first meeting will be at the newly refurbished Westlands
Leisure Complex in Yeovil, on Monday 3 April between 10.00am and
12.00pm. There will be the opportunity to meet other local
producers, network and receive free business support.
Future meetings will take place on Monday 29 May, Monday 24
July, Monday 25 September and Monday 27 November at the same times
There will be presentations and talks from food and drink
businesses from across the region and advice for the group and
individuals. Producers are advised to book a place on the
networking group by calling 01935 462173.
Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Economic
Development at South Somerset District Council said, "We are
delighted to be getting this first event underway, to give food and
drink producers the chance to network and share their experiences,
as well as learning about the business opportunities that
exist both locally and on the wider stage.
"Along with our monthly food and drink markets, these groups
will help to promote regional food and drink in South
The networking group is part of a wider project of monthly food
and drink markets being held at the Cartgate Picnic Site on the
fourth Saturday of every month between February and November
The project will build on the successful reputation of Somerset
and create a positive impact for the local economy by growing the
local supply chains, increasing the consumer audience and enhancing
the profile of local food and drink.
Stands are still available at some of the markets. If local
producers are interested in attending these free markets they can
contact Rebecca O'Neill at South Somerset District Council.
Unfortunately, due to licensing rules, hot food, drink and alcohol
are not permitted to be sold at the markets.