Food and Drink Festival offers free bursaries
Food & Drink Festival has this week launched a new Festival
Bursary scheme to encourage new traders to take part.
organisers of the autumn festival, which is to be held on Saturday
28th September, are offering up to five free pitches.
director Sarah Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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."
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."
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.
Festival directors Beverley Milner Simonds and Sarah Milner Simonds
with Fran Lee and Nick Lee of food traders The Chillees