FANMail June

FANMail June

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

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As the COVID situation rapidly evolves we encourage our wider community to support our local food and beverage businesses who will be affected by the snap lock down. Head to our @localfood pages for updates and information on member offers and changed trading conditions for businesses impacted by restrictions. Stay across the latest updates and information collated by the FAN team HERE

In the meantime we continue to plan for future events, activities and programs for our members including the second round of our Export Program (starting 5 August); a special evening with Carl Hartmann from Lyre’s as part of our Insights and Innovations from our Industry series (15 July); and tailored market development workshops for our brewers and distillers as part of BrewCon 2021.

In times like these, we are reminded of the power of our FAN community and encourage any members to reach out for support and information.

Yours in collaboration
Emma Greenhatch

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FAN News

Export Program open
We’re pleased to announce the second round of FAN’s Export Program will commence 5th August, powered by Export Connect and supported by Trade and Investment Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council. The program will equip food and beverage businesses with the capabilities and resources to take advantage of growing markets in the ASEAN region and the confidence to apply their learnings to other export markets. Through this tailored program, participants will have the opportunity to learn about key export markets and what it takes to become a successful exporter; develop or enhance their export strategy, and present to pre-qualified buyers in their chosen markets. READ MORE HERE.
Insights & Innovation Event with Carl Hartmann
Join us Thursday 15 July for a very special Insights and Innovation from our Industry with Carl Hartmann, Co-Founder of Lyre’s Spirit Co, who will share insights on how Lyre’s Spirit Co has grown to be a global brand and award-winning company in the fast-growing non-alcoholic drinks market. In this event, our CEO Emma Greenhatch will also provide an update on the proposed development of Australia’s 1st collaborative food and beverage manufacturing precinct in the region. The event is proudly sponsored by Rallings Labels, Stickers and Packaging. Tickets are limited so book soon. BOOK HERE
FAN Membership Price Increase
We recently announced details of a membership price increase effective 1 July 2021. READ HERE for more details. FAN remains committed to supporting our members to connect, collaborate and grow. We thank you for your ongoing support and contribution and look forward to continuing to work with you to create more opportunities for your business and our industry and regions. We welcome any questions and please feel free to contact us for more information. 
BrewCon 2021 Opportunity
As part of BrewCon 2021, FAN will be running two workshops and an event activation, as commissioned by the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water.

Producers of craft beers, ciders and spirits are invited to free workshops, designed and delivered by national and export market development experts. The National Market and Export workshops cover key topics including market opportunity identification; consumer, on and off-premise trends; category drivers; retailer requirements; margin enhancers; promotions and marketing; national and export craft producer case studies; and much more. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE. National Market Workshop – 3rd August, 9am-4pm / Export Workshop – 4th August, 9am-4pm.

FAN will also be hosting a stand at BrewCon 2021 and invites members to showcase their product at the stand. SEND YOUR EOI HERE
Monthly Member Meet-Ups
Our monthly member meet-ups continue to attract good turn-outs and are a great chance for members to connect and catch up. We encourage members to bring a friend and introduce them to FAN’s collaborative, like-minded community. Interested in hosting an upcoming event LET US KNOW. See below for details of July’s member meet-ups.  

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Grants

Industry Partnership Program

OPEN NOW: The Qld Industry Partnership Program is all about enhancing and growing industry, including employment and strengthening the supply chain. The IPP offers a variety of financial and non-financial support, with a minimum project cost of $200,000 in operational or capital costs. Applications begin with an EOI.
Queensland Business Grants

Business Growth (up to $50,000) – open for applicants who completed a mentoring session
Business Boost (up to $15,000) – opens mid-July 
Ignite Ideas Fund

The Ignite Ideas Fund provides commercialisation support for Queensland based SMEs with high-growth potential. EOIs open 1 July and close 22 July 2021.
Tier 1: Up to $100,000 for 12mth projects with 20% co-contribution.
Tier 2: For ASIC registered companies only – Between $100,00 and $200,000 for 24mth projects with 50% co-contribution.

Visit FANConnect for the list of current and upcoming grants or contact FAN’s Grants partner Jenny Lawson from Successful Grants for more information. 

Member Opportunities/Resources

COVID Information Sources
As the COVID situation rapidly evolves, stay across the latest updates and information shared by the relevant Local, State and Federal Government agencies. See the information sources list HERE.

Information for drought producers
The biggest reform to Queensland’s drought assistance in generations will help Queensland primary producers improve their management of future droughts. A range of proactive measures including tailored training, grants and loans will be open to primary producers without needing a drought declaration across a broad range of agricultural industries. The new drought assistance will be available for application from late 2021 through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development AuthorityREAD MORE HERE.

Employment contract tool for small business
The Federal Government has released an Employment Contract Tool for small businesses. The tool guides employers through a series of questions to generate a basic employment contract based on the specific terms and conditions of the relevant award that their business operates under. The tool can be found HERE

#TasteFarmLife campaign
The Queensland Government this month launched the ‘Taste farm life’ campaign which seeks to stimulate economic activity by encouraging domestic tourists to try established farm and food experiences to boost sources of income for the farm and local area. Queensland agritourism businesses and tourism organisations are encouraged to tag their content #tastefarmlife and download the campaign graphics to use on their own websites and marketing. READ MORE HERE

Business Launchpad – Sunshine Coast release
The State Government through the Department of Employment Small Business & Training, has launched the Business Launchpad online resource which helps businesses understand the licencing and regulatory requirements that are needed when setting up or running a business. Information for Sunshine Coast businesses will be made available in the second roll-out. READ MORE HERE

For up-to-date details on opportunities available for FAN Members VISIT FANConnect.
Destination Food FAN Offer
Destination Food is an industry conference for businesses and government agencies who are involved in food & beverage tourism, or who would like to be. To be held in Bundaberg on 1 & 2 August 2021, the event encompasses a Taste of Bundaberg tour and conference. Take advantage of the special offer for FAN members  – use the code FANVIP when booking and receive a $50 discount. BOOK HERE

Food and Hospitality Show 
Food & Hospitality Queensland a dedicated trade show for foodservice and retail is running on 1 & 2 August 2021 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The event will attract 4,000 + visitors from the foodservice and retail markets. Stand prices start from $1,900. FIND OUT MORE HERE

Industry Education & Training Australian Trade college
Are you interested in attending an Industry education and training information session – presented by the Australian Industry Trade College? The session is part of a broader project to scope issues, opportunities and initiatives around industry education training to meet future workforce needs. Interested in learning more submit an EOI HERE.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Sessions
Thinking about entering the Sunshine Coast Business Awards? Head along to one of the upcoming information sessions to find out more. Registrations are essential BOOK HERE.

Wednesday 7th July, 5.30-7.30pm, The J Noosa
Thursday 15th July, 5.30-7.30pm, Mercure Hotel Kawana
Wednesday, 21st July, 5.30-7.30pm, LPE Bluewater Boardroom
Tuesday, 27th July, 9-11am, Live Zoom Q&A session, with recording available after the session.

Moreton Bay Region Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards. Now in its 4th year, the Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of Moreton Bay businesses. FIND OUT MORE HERE and nominate today. 

FAN Member Page
Have you joined our closed FAN Member facebook group? It’s a great place for shoutouts for resources, tips, suggestions and updates on all things FAN. Available to FAN Members only. JOIN HERE.

For update to date details of opportunities available for FAN Members

Member News

Boneafide Broth Co award

Congratulations to the Boneafide Broth Co team who have won the “Boutique Food Producer of the Year” at the #corporatelivewireawards2021 in the Innovation and Excellence category

Green Valley Finger Limes Export award

Congratulations to Jade from Green Valley Finger Limes for winning the New Exporter of the Year at the recent Queensland Horticulture Awards.

The Garden Shed Nursery

Congrats to Dave and the team on the recent opening of the Garden Shed Nursery in Flaxton. If you haven’t visited already – make a trip for lunch and a shop in the nursery.
Fenn Foods Finalist Australian Small Business Awards

Congratulations to the Fenn Foods team who have been selected as a finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. The last 12 months has been an intensive period of growth for the company, with the selection being well deserved.

Luvaberry Supper Club event – as part of Tastes of Moreton 

Join Mandy’s new Luvaberry’s Supper Club – an exciting new experience that is sure to excite foodies and farm-fresh produce lovers alike. The events, in partnership with Tastes of Moreton Bay, will be held in August and September. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

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