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Supply Chain Efficiencies Scheme

07 Apr

Regular readers will know my views on this scheme and in particular the Fork2Fork Project. Knowing their 12 month extension, valued at £100k, was due the end on 31st March, I thought I’d do a final check and sent the following questions through:

1. We are assuming the fork2fork project, including their extension is now completed?

2. As the fork2fork database has been funded by public money, may we ask whose property this is now and is it accessible to others within the world of Welsh Food?

3. We’d also like to know what happens now to the trailer purchased under SCES. Does that now become their property?

1. All Supply Chain Efficiencies Scheme and Knowledge Transfer Scheme projects, including Fork2Fork, have been invited to submit proposals for additional work over the coming year. No decision has yet been taken about these proposals.

2. As the creators of the database, it now belongs to FBA – this is inline with UK legislation.

3. FBA purchased the trailer.

1. Well dear readers isn’t this interesting? It appears once Welsh companies are on the SCES/ European gravy train, they don’t get bumped off, instead they are allowed to offer further suggestions on how to spend the second or third tranch of European money that has just been allocated to Wales. Does that mean that any new projects that go ahead, along with the accompanying box-ticking are not up for tender? Or if these projects are then put up for tender, does that mean that companies being asked to send ideas in now sending in are destined to get their projects after the tendering process?

2. How in the real world, can that database now ‘belong’ to FBA? FBA as a company DID NOT pay for this, Europe did as part of their £800k donation to FBA for a 2 year project. But now seemingly through SCES it now belongs to FBA. Have wag food been given a copy? Why aren’t other interested parties offered a copy? I strongly object to this answer.

3. As above. As a final thought though, I have yet to talk to anyone who has actually seen this trailer, but perhaps you have……………………………………………………………….

 
 

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  1. producer

    April 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    This is outrageous. It’s typical of civil servants, out of touch with our industry and too lazy to find out what is happening here on the ground. Seems they can’t read and learn from this site either, which is a huge pity.
    I have yet to talk to anyone in food at my level, who thinks FBA were worthy of an investment of nearly a million pounds. But what do we know? We are only flogging ourselves day-in-day-out it would be too simple for wag to ask us!
    FBA have achieved nothing, so that now guarantees them being asked to submit further ideas, that’s how our silly system works. But aren’t tenders necessary? Probably not, as this company has now got a first-class ticket on the wag/Europe gravy train no doubt for life.
    It’s alright for some companies isn’t it? Different for us hardworking producers who are sick or seeing money being thrown at stupid projects and us not getting any benefits. Our lives are worse, not better thanks to them not doing a good job, but they’re nearly a £1m better off – great for them!

     
  2. Jay

    April 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Don’t get what’s going on here. Those who have will get more even if they don’t do a good job
    the government don’t seem to care or as many have said not take the time to understand how Welsh food works, or doesn’t.
    It’s obvious from the web stats that this is THE Welsh food site but this scheme has given fork2 fork more money for their site last year, why? Doesn’t any care about giving Welsh people value for their money or Europe’s cash?
    Heads should roll for this and I hope they do.
    Sat in their glass tower pushing paper around and out-of-touch with us as always has been the case.

     
  3. trader

    April 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Anyone with a little common sense will know the first version of this scheme was seriously flawed. It got nowhere. But some civil servant who has ticked the right boxes for Europe has got a shedload of money from Europe once again. Brilliant. Now this civil servant who hasn’t got her or his finger on the Welsh food pulse has gone back to fork2fork and asked them for more ideas. So no doubt they can be funded again, another £800k no doubt if not more. This is so wrong.
    If this civil servant was running a business it would have been bankrupt.

     
  4. foodie

    April 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Money for nothing – no business could allow this wastage to go on
    wag ignored us when fba got this contract and as they have no respect for us they’ll continue to do so
    It’s a joke in poor taste but fba will be chuffed to bits.
    not sure who said to those that have more shall be given but it could have been wag food ?

     
  5. Foodie

    April 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Here is a little tale to show you how Fork2Fork work.

    They had the wrong location for a food festival, so I emailed them and told them where the festival really was. They emailed back that I was wrong and they had checked the festival location with the Tourist Board. I checked with the tourist board and they had their information from….wait for it……the Fork2Fork site!

    Fork2Fork did not contact the festival organiser despite me giving them her phone number in my email. I assured them that I was right. Eventually they changed the information, but I did not receive an apology.

    F2F are not proactive. They publish what is sent to them. This is not what Welsh food need. If these guys get another tranch of funding, we need to ask for a judicial review.

     
  6. producer

    April 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

    More money wasted and a department that is not working for producers. More job for the brown noses. It stinks.

    Kath how can you have got this new guy so wrong? You are normally spot on with your views and judgments but not with this new man.

     
  7. tt

    April 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    A total waste of Europe’s money whilst some civil servants favour their favourite companies ad our food industry don’t benefit. OK if you are a favoured company but rubbish if you are still on the outside.

    Where’s the value for this money? £900k to one company is stupid beyond belief they achieved so little. Now I guess they get a 3rd bite of this large European cherry.
    jobs for the boys in Wales