Competence Network

Project information

Index: 1281R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location NORWAY

Topic of the practice

Local food networks, collaboration and business development

Good Practice Information

The Competence Network has been set up to help food producers and restaurants to develop their businesses (from 2014 only food producers are in the target group). Set up in 2002, the Competence Network provides food producers with a signposting service on a number of issues including courses, seminars, study tours, mentoring and connection to local food companies.

Part of the initiative is the “visit scheme”. An advisor visits the business to help identify what is the best type of support that should be offered to the business. Where
needed, funding can also be applied for in relation to menu development.
Assist food producers to gain access to relevant expertise to help them innovate. Develop tailored plans to enable food producers to grow their businesses

Evidence of success

This initiative has provided food producers with very good networking opportunities. The aim is to get the competence needed close to home or in their own businesses through a visit from an expert The study visits are particularly highly valued by participants.The greatest impact has been in relation to the development/improvement of products, services and production processes.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Hilde Halland

Bioforsk / kompetansenettverket for Nord-Norge

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