Food Technology Center and Rural Economics Center Sponsor Startup Awards

This year, the prestigious food and drink category of the Wales Startup Awards is sponsored by the Food Technology Center and the Glynllifon Rural economy hub, both part of the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Further Education college portfolio in North Wales.

With previous years having seen some incredible new companies win the food and beverage category, including two overall winners – Brighter Foods and Aber Falls Whiskey Distillery – as well as other bright companies such as Ginhaus Deli, Dyfi Distillery and Drop Bear Beer Company , it’s one of the most competitive categories at the annual event celebrating new Welsh businesses.

Since its inception in 1999, the Food Technology Center has been at the heart of the impressive growth the food and beverage industry has experienced during this time. The industry is now worth over £7billion to the Welsh economy, having grown by more than 30% since 2014, only showing its vital importance. It aims to build on this momentum for years to come and ensure that Wales continues to have a vibrant, innovative and sustainable industry in the future.

Agribusiness Director Martin Jardine says start-ups are the lifeblood of the Welsh economy, acting as a catalyst for new jobs, ideas and opportunities.

“Startups are particularly important in Wales, which has seen a decline in many of its traditional industries and as a result new ideas and innovations are needed to drive economic growth in all parts of the country, both rural and ‘urban. At the Food Technology Center, we work closely with start-ups every day and witness first-hand the dedication, passion and new ideas that are fundamental to them, and how they are so essential to our future economic prosperity”

He also said helping start-ups thrive is one of the core tenets of the Food Technology Center’s mission; to grow as part of a rural economy center development vision for Glynllifon, which will focus on supporting the growth of Welsh food and drink businesses in purpose-built accommodation, supported by a program high-level knowledge transfer.

“We pride ourselves on being able to give small businesses access to resources that would normally be out of their reach due to high costs such as access to state-of-the-art technical facilities and also the opportunity to work closely with a team of experienced food scientists. On a practical level, this could mean helping to develop new products, increase manufacturing capacity, provide training courses or access to new markets. Ultimately, we understand that making the leap from a new start-up to a successful and sustainable business can be one of the most difficult aspects of growing a successful business and we are at your ready to provide solutions and advice to help them gain a competitive edge in the market and break down barriers to their future growth.

The Wales Start-Up Awards are the only awards in the UK that focus on celebrating the success of new businesses. To take part in this year’s awards, companies must have started trading on or after June 1, 2018 and be based in Wales.

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