FAN’s program and services are industry-led and ever evolving. In the first 12 months FAN focused on building the membership through networking events, business skills workshops and knowledge sharing. Today, FAN has a highly engaged and active membership who are seeking new opportunities through FAN to connect, collaborate and grow the food and agribusiness industry in our regions.
FAN’s current program includes:
✓ 4 major networking events per year with keynote speakers
✓ A minimum of 6 business skills workshops per year
✓ A minimum of 6 site tours per year to FAN member businesses
✓ Member-to-Member Insights Program where members host events and provide content to share with other FAN members via FAN’s marketing channels
✓Mentoring for Success Program, a free 6-month program for FAN members to access skills and expertise from other FAN members
✓ Grow Coastal Program, a 3-month food accelerator for 12 businesses with high growth potential (funded by Advance Queensland 2017-19)
✓ Trade show facilitation including pre, during and post show support
✓ Sweetest Jobs project
Our Achievements So Far:
✓ 210 members in 2 years
✓ 40 sponsors
✓ FAN’s events and workshops have been attended by more than 1,000 members and industry representatives
✓ Established communication channels reaching more than 3,500 members and industry representatives
✓ Awarded contract to deliver the Grow Coastal Food Accelerator Program in 2018
✓ Partnering with the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce to deliver The Sweetest Jobs project in 2018
✓ Coordinated 13 members to co-exhibit at Fine Food 2017, resulting in +$750k in new sales (10 had never exhibited at a trade show before)
✓ 53% of industry members have entered into collaborations/new business with other FAN members, leading to business growth and new innovations.
Recipes for Innovation
Mentoring for Success Program
FAN has created the Mentoring for Success program to assist small FAN member companies to address a challenge or opportunity within their businesses, by providing access to experienced and skilled mentors.
Over the past 12 months FAN has responded to members’ interest in provenance by delivering a ‘Celebrating Provenance’ networking event, hosting a Provenance Storytelling workshop and exploring what a food provenance framework could look like for our region.