Exploring the potential of collaboration between private sector and community enterprises
New report explores how collaboration could provide the solution to issues being faced by private businesses and community enterprisesA new report
has been published that explores the potential of collaboration in helping community food enterprises and private sector businesses overcome their challenges.
The report, written by Simon Michaels of f3, the local food consultants, and commissioned by Making Local Food Work, explores the experiences of a limited number of different community food enterprises from the UK and other countries, and highlights the benefits and potential pitfalls of collaborating with the private sector. It finds there is clear evidence to suggest collaborating with the private sector has a range of benefits for community food enterprises as well as being beneficial to private businesses.
Jennifer Smith, Head of Programme Management for Making Local Food Work, says: “This report is the first step in exploring if mutually beneficial relationships between community enterprises and private businesses could strengthen the food sector of tomorrow. It’s aimed at those considering their orgnisation’s future, those who influence the direction of the food and drink sector and who are open to new ways of doing business. We hope that this report encourages organisations to consider new alliances – new alliances that include a wider range of players, recognising the value of diversity.”
The report finds that opportunities for collaboration can occur at every stage along the food supply chain, from supplying the raw materials to dealing with waste in the post-consumer stage. You can download the report in full from the Making Local Food Work website, http://www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk/resources.
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