We work with the food & drink industry across Scotland (and beyond) to support sustainable growth through a range of diverse business services.

From strategic marketing or sales advice and tools, to sustainable packaging and product development, data and technology development, business coaching and business skills training, or diversification - we have the right industry experience expertise to help you grow. 

We also deliver circular economy strategy and support including carbon management plans, life cycle analysis, carbon knowledge exchange, resource benchmarking and mitigation advice, and we have a growing expertise in green finance. We think strategically about your natural assets and how these can deliver positive outcomes for you business. 

Nurturing success in your food and drink business

As part of Food & Footprint, the food and enterprise team is interwined with industry, policy and education in the food and drink sector, which gives us a unique perspective and insight to advise and support you. 

Whatever your business needs, you are guaranteed a friendly reliable, independent, and expert service. 

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New product development

Our food and enterprise team has years of expertise in delivering new product, reformulation and recipe development projects with SME's, entrepreneurs and larger food and drink producers all over Scotland. 

We also have a wealth of knowledge in other specific complementary business areas such as start-up, business planning, selling skills, branding, marketing and exporting and can build a bespoke package suitable for your needs. 

Get in touch with our team to discuss your next product. 

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Business skills support

We have years of experience in delivering business skills, growth learning, CPD and training courses to a wide range of clients all over Scotland and the UK. We deliver multiple levels of courses and workshops across the food and drink supply chain, suitable for entrepreneurs, managers and seasoned businesses. 

We will work with you to ensure our courses and workshops are tailored to meet your business needs and aspirations. 

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We work with all kinds of clients: farmers, smallholders, crofters, new entrants, estates, land owners & managers, among others within the rural sectors. We will work with you to ensure that whatever diversification you are pursuing is the most suitable, successful, and sustainable option for your business. 

Examples of enterprises we can support you with include agri-tourism, rural-tourism, retail, hospitality, forestry, renewable energy, food and drink, leisure, wedding venues, event spaces, diversifying crops or livestock (establishing markets for your crops/livestock), visitor experiences, and activity centres. 


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Carbon literacy training

Futureproof your business with carbon literacy training. Our accredited training has been designed specifically for agricultural, food and land-based businesses by SAC Consulting and Keep Scotland Beautiful. 

The one-day course will provide a recognised qualification and the same foundational knowledge to level the playing field towards the Just Transition to net zero, no matter if participants manage a fame, an SME or a multinational.

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How to get accredited


THRIVE is a free collaborative initiative from SAC Consulting, SRUC and Queen Margaret University supporting the next generation of food and drink and rural enterprise entrepreneurs. Following three successful years in 2021, 2022, and 2023, discussions are underway to deliver THRIVE 2024.

THRIVE helps students, recent graduates, and micro businesses gain essential business skills and knowledge to further develop their business idea – whether product or service – including concept development, planning, pricing, marketing, pitching, and access to general business support information. 

Help your business thrive

Food and Drink TechHUB Business Support Service

The TechHUB Business Support Service helps food and drink producers, manufacturers and wider supply chain businesses in the Highland Council to grow by providing business support, technical advice, events and workshops.

This 3 year project funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) supports businesses through a number of support packages including Bespoke 121 Support, Common Interest Groups (CIG), Learning Journeys, Innovation Clinics, Networking Events, Workshop and Technical Webinars.


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