The NI/UK partnership concentrated primarily on food industry stakeholders from the private sector, ranging from micro and SME businesses to large, even multinational businesses. To ensure cross sector collaboration representatives from other enterprise agencies, local authority and VET schools where invited to take part in the Craigavon Council Area, Northern Ireland/UK partnership.
Potential partners were identified and invited to the first plenary meeting of the Partnership. Discussions commenced on working towards a broad agreement among partners as to the purpose of the partnership and the expectations that each stakeholder had. Further meetings focused on a ‘local assessment’ and the sharing of ‘best practice’ to learn about effective solutions to improving innovation and creativity in food SME’s.