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.

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.

Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

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.

Protected food names

The authenticity of distinctly Welsh food and drink products is now protected under European law. Notably, meat and dairy products from Wales enjoy this status in international markets, and we are working to grow the range of protected regional and traditional Welsh produce, giving companies advice on how to apply.

European Union Protected Food Name - An Introduction

The European Union Protected Food Name (EUPFN) Scheme was introduced in Europe in 1993 to protect food and drink products on a geographical or recipe basis. The scheme is covered by Regulation EU No 1151/2012. The Welsh Government Food Division support Welsh food and drink producers who want to investigate and apply for a protected food name (EUPFN) or geographical indicators (GI). There are currently 4 products with a EUPFN in Wales with many more in the stages of investigating and applying for a EUPFN.
Work was recently commissioned to better understand the value of EUPFN. This research showed that all the Welsh products achieving a EUPFN status in Wales have benefited from economic and socio-economic advantages and how EUPFN products have an advantage in accessing shelf space in retailers and by delivering a strong message assist the growth of the businesses associated.


European Union Protected Food Names Executive Summary

Other support programmes that we have:


Trade Development Programme

Attending Trade Events