Specialist Expertise

Our people bring together a huge depth and breadth of expertise that is available to help you, and if we can’t help, we’ll find someone who can!


We can’t provide funding but we’re happy to connect you with the right people!

Funding innovation and growth can be challenging, however there are a range of options available. Here is a quick guide

to get you started…

Before applying for funding, you need to do some business planning. The more fully formed your business idea is, the more help you’ll be able to get from advisors, mentors and funding officers.

As always, our Business Development Managers are in the know and invite you to connect to discuss your options.

Innovation and Business Development

Our core business is helping your business innovate and grow. We can help you access a range of resources within the wider network to support your journey. Innovation doesn’t just mean new products and processes, and we’re all about connecting you with those who can help optimise your business model and maximise your chances of success.

New Product Development

Developing a new product or process can be an exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting journey! We’re here to help with expert advice, helpful resources, and a huge range equipment. Within our network of facilities we carry all sorts of equipment of various scales, which allows us to support you from early-stage trials to commercialisation. The Food Innovation Network is well-connected to other resources right across the spectrum, from research providers to commercial operators, so if we can’t help chances are we’ll know who can.

To help get you started, we have developed this quick guide to developing a new food or beverage product. Check out the 5 Steps to Launching a New Food Product here.

Commercial Production

Maybe you’ve run out of capacity or don’t want to impede your usual production to run trials. Perhaps you’re ready to commercialise your product but not quite ready to invest in a plant. Our facilities offer the option of low-risk commercial production with the appropriate certification for sale on local and export markets.

Process Optimisation

Looking to make something cheaper, faster, safer, better? We can provide you with advice, connect you with experts and identify and test equipment options for you. We can plan trials, analyse results and make recommendations.


Ready to grow beyond these shores? We have facilities and compliance programmes in place to get you export-ready. We can produce everything from small samples to commercial volumes. If we don’t have the equipment you need, we can utilise our extensive network to seek a contract manufacturer who does.