Food Preserving Enterprises


Apply to us for £1000 start-costs and mentoring to set up your very own food preserving enterprise!

Application deadline: 23rd June 2017

What is a food preserving enterprise?

Preserve making is a fantastic way to reduce food waste by preserving fruit, and even vegetables, traditionally created when there was an abundance of seasonal produce which could then be used at another time of year rather than being left to rot. Methods to preserve food can include: pickling, bottling, juicing, dehydrating or even fermenting foods like kimchi and of course making jams, jellies or chutneys.

Why set up a food preserving enterprise?

Good for you, good for your institution, good for your community.

  • A sustainable food option for students, staff and members of the public.
  • Provides real-life experience of setting up and running an enterprise.
  • Enhances employability skills – leadership, teamwork, planning etc.
  • Potential income generation for your students’ union or society.
  • A chance to raise awareness about the importance of buying sustainable food.
  • Supports the local economy and community partnerships.

How we can help you

Mentoring from Sustain

Free Resources to support you to set up and run a successful food preserving enterprise

Start up costs of up to £1000

Thinking of applying?

Download our guidance document.

The deadline for Round 5 is 23rd June 2017 and all applicants will be notified of their result by 31st July 2017.

Regional training events for successful applicants in all categories will take place on:

  • Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September 2017
  • Wednesday 11th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday, 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th October 2017