The Buy Local South East project has been made possible thanks to funding support from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) It will support the local food and drink sector across Essex, Kent and Sussex through marketing campaigns and business support.
A series of fully funded workshops and 1:1 business support opportunites will take place during February abd March - You can see the full programme here
This page will also host videos from the workshops, so if you were unable to attend on the training days you can watch at a time to suit your business and personal needs.
The campaign will enhance and improve the economic health of the SELEP area’s food sector through the development of more connected business networks, new business relationships and increased consumer awareness. It will be managed by Produced in Kent, Natural Partnerships CIC in Sussex and Rural Community Council of Essex, harnessing a wealth of experience across the rural and food and drink sectors.
Growers, producers, retailers and hospitality outlets in the three counties will benefit from tailored regional marketing campaigns, including social media and press exposure. The initiative will also support local food and drink businesses by leading a series of business recovery activities. Businesses will be able to access training, coaching and even one-on-one support to aid their recovery.
Due to the current social distancing guidelines, these industries are in greater need of a robust online presence and a way of connecting to showcase their products as we move to a more digital society. This website maps assets across the SELEP region, boosts B2C and B2B sales, and creates a regional business network.