Make Innovation Happen

Working on something new or different that will add value to your food and drink business? Innovation keeps Scotland's food and drink industry at the forefront of consumer trends.

We're here to help

The partnership between Scottish Enterprise, Scotland Food and Drink and Highlands and Islands Enterprise brings together voices from across industry, academia and the public sector to deliver the Make Innovation Happen service - your single point of contact for support to grow.

Make Innovation Happen 'connectors' are people who know about the range of innovation support available and can help you tap into the right support for your business. 

Call our innovation connectors today

Our Make Innovation Happen 'connectors' can help you tap in to an array of available support and guide you through your innovation journey. Call our team now on 0300 013 3385 or submit an enquiry to connect to the innovation support your business needs.

Caroline MacLellan - As part of HIE’s innovation team, Caroline works to help food and drink businesses achieve their growth and innovation ambitions.

Paul Copland - With extensive knowledge of government innovation and R&D grant funding mechanisms, Paul focuses on innovation product development, helping identify and explore new opportunities

Find out more about our connectors and how to get in touch with them

Explore your ideas

Whether it involves product development, your processes or employees, we can help you explore your ideas and develop them all the way through to market.

Why it’s important not to stand still

In this video, Jackie McCreery, Director, Yester Farm Dairies, discusses the importance of innovation for food and drink businesses.


Inspiration, guidance and opportunities

All businesses across the food and drink supply chain can benefit from the new Make Innovation Happen service.

If you're working on something new or different that will add value to your business we can help you:

  • Develop new product for domestic or international markets
  • Invest in new, more effective equipment to improve your manufacturing process
  • Reformulate your products
  • Improve or reduce your packaging
  • Look for help responding to changing customer trends or regulation

Collaborative Innovation Fund

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise have invested £650,000 into a new Food and Drink Collaborative Innovation Fund.

The fund is for groups of businesses within Scotland's food and drink supply chain - with a focus on small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Larger companies may be part of the collaboration but should have at least one SME in their project.

The aim of the fund is to encourage a culture of collaborative innovation by addressing key food and drink opportunities or challenges.

The information on this and the following page is also available as a downloadable PDF.

Please be aware that applications for the Collaboration Fund close on 31st March.

Discover more about the fund

Food and drink innovation, trends and insights

Innovation Insights is part of Make Innovation Happen. Here you will find the latest case studies and knowledge articles created by the team to help stimulate innovation in food and drink businesses.

Read the latest case studies and knowledge articles

Contact the team to find out more

Looking to innovate your food and drink business? Ask about the support available to help you succeed.

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