FANMail February

FANMail February

This post is part of our monthly FANMail newsletter for everything Sunshine Coast Food & Agribusiness.

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The 28 days of February have been pretty epic for team FAN – with the launch of our Domestic Market Pathway Program, the kick-off of our monthly member meet ups, and of course a whole heap of activity in the lead up to Meet the Makers. 

We’ve loved connecting with our FAN community, and to our 21 new members who joined in February WELCOME! We’ve also been laying the foundations for our new operating model, which we shared with members in an online session. VIEW HERE / READ MORE

I hope to see you on 15 March at Meet the Makers!
Yours in collaboration,
Emma Greenhatch

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Meet the Makers 2021

Media launch: L- R Emma Greenhatch FAN CEO, Andrew Brodie Sunshine Coast Airport CEO, Annabel Langley Electropops, Martin Duncan Sunshine Coast Foodie & Meet the Makers Ambassador

With the support of great partners, it’s amazing what you can achieve. In just 2 weeks on Monday 15 March, 80 FAN members will be showcasing their food & beverage products and fresh produce to over 500 industry buyers, stakeholders, supporters and passionate foodies.

The event tells the story of the unique, collaborative ecosystem, that FAN fosters in the regions it operates, where industry and stakeholders work together to accelerate the growth of the local food & agribusiness industry.

Big thanks our event partners Sunshine Coast Airport and Sunshine Coast Council and event sponsors White’s IGAFishbowl InventoryAusIndustryYour Brand CrewNoosa Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

BOOK HERE for the 6-9pm session.

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Member Meet Ups

Member Resources

Boosting Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The Australian Government’s $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy will support businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, offering a subsidy of 50% of wages. READ MORE
To support Queenslanders in the wake of COVID-19, TAFE Queensland is providing recognition of prior learning (RPL) at no cost to turn skills and experience into a recognised qualification that  will help people to maintain current employment or find new employment. A range of industry areas are eligible including agriculture, tourism and business. READ MORE.

Small Business Roadshow

Queensland Government Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer is leading the Small Business Roadshow across Queensland to hear from small business and discuss initiatives such as:
– The rollout of the Queensland Government’s $140 million Big Plans for Small Business package 
– QLD’s economic recovery from COVID-19
– a new Queensland small business strategy

Local businesses are invited to the Sunshine Coast session Caloundra – 2 March 2021, 10.30am-12.30pm REGISTER HERE.

FIAL Transformational Course

FIAL is running a leadership development program designed to awaken you to who you really are; to connect you to your essence; and provide you with a suite of tools, techniques and questions to upgrade your personal operating system. By doing so, it will assist you with your journey to enhance the effectiveness of your leadership style. READ MORE.

TIQ Go Global Program

This program will assist Export Ready companies that have an impending export order, to resolve a related issue or requirement to enable the deal to be successfully concluded. The guidelines outline the types of expenditure and eligibility requirements with funding up to $25,000 on a $ for $ basis. Applications close 1pm on Friday 19 March. READ MORE.

FAN Member News & Updates

White's IGA State Retail Excellence Awards

A huge congratulations to Roz White and the team at White’s IGA on taking home 6 awards at the recent State Retail Excellence Awards, with  Mt Coolum IGA crowned 2021 IGA Store of the Year, Bakery, Deli and Dairy Freezer. Congratulations to IGA Peregian Beach and White’s SUPA IGA Bli Bli on their awards. 
We are lucky to have Roz as our Meet the Makers 2021 Ambassador, helping us to shine a spotlight on the event and attract great buyers.

The Power of Collaboration

This month our CEO Emma Greenhatch had the pleasure of participating in Sunshine Coast Council’s ‘Collaboration for the Future’ event, attended by 100 chamber colleagues and business groups. It was a great opportunity to talk about the evolution of clusters organisations like FAN, the role they can play in the regional economy and community, and the power of co-opetition. FAN looks forward to working more closely with the groups that attended. 

Sunshine Coast Business Awards is back!

The Sunshine Coast Business Awards are back for 2021! Nominations will open in a few months and will coincide with Small Business Month. Make sure you register to receive their newsletter and follow them on socials.  

Creative Tours Expanding their Offering

Due to increased demand Creative Tours are looking to expand their local tour venues to include more local producers and food & beverage businesses. Please get in contact with Josh from Creative Tours if you are interested to find out more.

Big Heart Bamboo National Finalist

Congratulations to Becky Nary-Dart from Big Heart Bamboo who has been selected as a Finalist for @theweeklytimes Coles 2020 Farmer of the Year Awards! Becky has been selected in the top three Farm Magazine Innovative finalists, which is right at the heart of what Big Heart Bamboo is all about.

Moreton Bay Regional Council launches REDS

FAN was delighted to attend the launch of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s new Regional Economic Development Strategy 2021-2041 this month. Congratulations to the Economic Development team – REDS is a BIGGER, BOLDER, BRIGHTER blueprint for the Moreton Bay Region and we’re delighted to see such a strong focus on food & agribusiness and advanced manufacturing. We look forward to future collaborations!

Heads of Noosa turns 2

Happy 2nd Birthday to Craig, Lance and the team at Heads of Noosa! We look forward to tasting their innovative H20 hop infused water at Meet the Makers.

Send us your news to share with our FAN community.

Sponsor Spotlight

RDA Sunshine Coast Council

Special thanks to Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast for their partnership with FAN.

A Federal Government initiative, RDA Sunshine Coast is part of a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders, who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions. RDA Sunshine Coast’s vision is to create an innovative, dynamic, connected and sustainable Sunshine Coast.

RDA Sunshine Coast’s passionate and committed team and committee have supported FAN in so many ways, from valuable connections and funding for services and projects to profiling FAN in the region and beyond.

Our Partners

Special thanks to FAN’s Partners and Sponsors who provide significant resources towards the ongoing sustainability of FAN and the growth and resilience of our regions’ food and agribusiness industry.

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