Make Innovation Happen

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.

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

Watch our video with Jackie McCreery, director, Yester Farm Dairies, on the importance of innovation for food and drink businesses.

We're here to help

We've teamed up with Scotland Food and Drink and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to bring 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.

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


Contact us today to make innovation happen

Our team is on hand to answer your questions and explain the support we can offer to help your business succeed.

Employee at work at the Inveralmond Brewery in Perth

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

Food and drink innovation connectors

Meet our Make Innovation Happen 'connectors' who'll help you tap in to an array of available support and guide you through your innovation journey.

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.

Rachel Mirfattahi - As Sector Engagement Executive at Interface and member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, Rachel works to upskill Scottish food and drink SMEs.

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

L-R Caroline MacLellan, Paul Copland, Rachel Mirfattahi, Food & Drink Innovation Connectors

What's in it for me?

When businesses innovate, they are twice as likely to grow and three times as likely to export.

Collaborative Innovation Fund

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise are investing £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.

Apply for the Collaborative Innovation Fund

Food and drink innovation, trends and insights

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Contact our team to find out more

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