Support programmes

We have plenty of ways to help your business develop – including offering support and funding to improve productivity, diversity and efficiency, and to add value to your outputs.

We’ll help you with knowledge transfer and innovation, boosting your competitiveness, and deliver it all with a strong emphasis on encouraging sustainability and using natural resources.

FREE: Human Resources Advice 

Do you need Human resources Advice as a result of the covid-19 crisis?

Mabis is offering 30 minute remote HR surgeries to any business in any sector across Wales in areas including:

- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough)

- redundancy

- changing employment terms and conditions, e.g. reducing hours

- homeworking, health, wellbeing and safety tips

- performance management to maintain staff motivation and engagement during the crisis

To arrange your 30 minute telephone appointment, email with a brief summary of  what you would like to discuss and one of their consultants will be in contact.


£330 Billion Coronavirus Support Package

On Friday 20th March the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, set out a package of measures to support public services, people and business through the disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus. Further measures were announced on 26 March to supportthe self-employed. This information sheet - developed in partnership with Llŷr James Accountants outlines the initiatives available to businesses in Wales.


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS is a new scheme that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. CBILS supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities.

CBILS - checklist

CBILS -  Infographic

CBILS - Available to smaller businesses across the UK

Food Skills Cymru

Project Outline

Food Skills Cymru supports businesses within the Welsh food and drink processing and manufacturing industry to ensure employees have the right skills and training to strengthen the industry as a whole. Working across all sectors, it will help prepare employees across Wales to adapt to future and environmental challenges and position them to capitalise on opportunities for businesses development and growth.

Eligible businesses wanting to access support from the programme will enter by completing a face to face Skills Diagnostic Tool with a member of the Food Skills Cymru team. This will help the business identify any skills gaps and implement a bespoke training plan. Businesses will then be able to submit funding applications to help support with the cost of completing any training courses.

We are working collaboratively with other Welsh Government funded projects such as Project Helix and Cywain to ensure businesses are receiving the right support tailored to their specific needs.

This is a 3 year programme and will end in September 2021.

For more information contact Lantra

Tel: 01982 552646

Lantra has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government to deliver the Food Skills Cymru Programme.

Project Helix

Funded technical and commercial support for Welsh Food and Drink producers

Project HELIX provides funded technical and commercial support to eligible Welsh Food and Drink producers. Companies have access to bespoke support from ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. ZERO2FIVE employs experienced food and drink technologists, business specialists and academics who specialise in all aspects of food and drink research, innovation, processing, manufacturing, commercial, operational and technical issues.

To find out how ZERO2FIVE can support your company, please contact:

02920 416306 


Cywain is a business-led programme dedicated to developing new and existing micro businesses and Small and Medium sized Enterprises in the Welsh food and drink sector.  Cywain (meaning to gather or to harvest), focuses on maximizing opportunities and growth potential.


For further information, contact:

01745 770036

Doing Better Business - Opportunities for Welsh food and drink manufacturers in responsible & green growth

Green growth is an excellent opportunity for food and drink companies to generate more sales, reduce costs, improve profits and increase market share creating unique selling points. Green growth can secure long term business growth and success. Crucially it is also about making the best use of resources, and minimising waste in manufacturing, thereby reducing costs and further improving profitability.

Brexit Resilience Fund

The Welsh Government has formally launched a £1million Brexit Resilience Fund which is available to Welsh businesses, to help them adapt to the changes in a post-Brexit Welsh economy.

Business Wales is offering eligible businesses the opportunity to apply for funding of between £10,000 and £100,000 up to 50% of project costs.

Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

Support programmes

We have great ambitions for our industry. With your support, we want to increase sales in the food and drink sector in Wales by 30% to £7 billion, and put together a Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme to help us do that between 2014 and 2020.

The plan could see £953 million of European and Welsh Government funding pouring into rural Wales. This will enable the farming and forestry industries to improve productivity, diversity and efficiency, and promote strong, sustainable rural economic growth and community led development.

Business Growth Support Grant

The Business Growth Support Grant is to support food and drink processors and manufacturers in Wales with match funding to undertake a specific project to enable the growth of the company.

This Grant Scheme is now fully committed for the 2015/2016 financial year.  

The Scheme will hopefully re-start in the 2016/2017 financial year, further information will be available on this website.

Online Business Toolkit      

The Trade Development Business Programme aims to enable Welsh businesses to create jobs and sustainable economic growth by supporting Welsh food and drink producers via the provision of specific support – the Sustainable Business Toolkit is an example of this support.

The toolkit consist of a series of business guides that will suit the needs of small, medium and large businesses in developing their business to deliver sales growth and job creation.

Other support programmes that we have: