Food and Drink Manufacturers

Collaborate_food_manufacturingThrough the Collaborate project, Leicester and Leicestershire food and drink manufacturers are able to access up to twelve hours of fully-funded technical support. The one-to-one support will be delivered by the Food & Drink Forum, a Collaborate partner, and their food technical experts who can assist businesses in areas such as but not limited to:

– Shelf Life Extension
– Labelling
– Nutritional Advice
– Factory Layout
– Product Development
– Food Standards and Implementation
– Food Safety

Complete an enquiry form here and get started

Case Study

“As a result of this investment we’ve seen a growth in supermarket sales and we’re in serious talks with other retailers and sports stadiums to stock the Naanster.”

Jake Karia, Managing Director, Food Attraction. Read the full story here.


Case Study

“Collaborate is a great way of allowing small businesses to thrive and be supported that would otherwise just struggle along and miss opportunities.”

Raj Rajpra, Business Manager, Gokul Foods. Read the full story here.





We put Collaborate business adviser for food and drink manufacturers, Jo Sharman to the test in this Q&A session.

Your common questions answered here from I want to manufacture a new product to what training do my staff need? Read the full Q&A here.


Targeted workshops and seminars

The Food and Drink Forum regularly organise events which provide an opportunity for you to learn, stay informed and connect with other businesses. Topics include:

– SALSA and Issue 5 updates
– Food Technical 101
– Principles of Preservation and Shelf Life
– Internal Audit – food manufacturing
– Food and Drink Networking Supper

Visit the events section for details.

Space and premises

Some of the Food and Drink Forum team are based at the Leicester Food Park. This provides manufacturers with modern and cost-effective,  food grade premises. Units on this site conform to the highest standards, including BRC Grade A and meet the latest environmental health legislation. Various sized units are provided to enable start-up and growth manufacturers to fulfil their production requirements in the safe knowledge that maintenance costs will be minimised.

(Please note: Collaborate grants are no longer available but if you wish to be put on a waiting list should any new funding become available in the future please email us

Enquiry Form

If you are interested in receiving support through this project you will need to register your business by completing this simple enquiry form.