Published: July 3, 2013
Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival offers free bursaries

Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival has this week launched a new Festival Bursary scheme to encourage new traders to take part.

The organisers of the autumn festival, which is to be held on Saturday 28th September, are offering up to five free pitches.

Festival director Sarah Milner Simonds told "We have shown our commitment to supporting local traders to build sustainable businesses and now we want to help new businesses make their first steps into trading. We recognise we have an opportunity to assist in developing the skills, abilities and knowledge of all food and drink producers."

And fellow organiser Beverley Milner Simonds added: "The scheme is designed to encourage business start-ups and self-employment within Somerset. We are providing up to five discretionary bursary awards for pitches at the September festival. We had a great footfall of over 7,000 at the May festival and we hope that this opportunity will be seized on by new traders."

The bursary is open to food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail trade before, although they may have been producing and selling direct to restaurants or businesses, but not direct to the public. Applications are being welcomed up until 12th August and can be downloaded from here.

Pictured: Festival directors Beverley Milner Simonds and Sarah Milner Simonds with Fran Lee and Nick Lee of food traders The Chillees


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