Welsh Food & Drink – Rural Business Investment Scheme

22 Sep

Welsh food and drink has been waiting for official news of this food grant scheme for some time and now we have details we’ve sent this to our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers and of course posted here. The reason being we think it is crucial as it is a capital investment scheme for food and drink processing or manufacturing activities currently not eligible under the previous Food Business Investment Scheme. There’s money there and if you don’t bother applying well best thing for me to say is that’s your choice.

The grant scheme is now open for applications and all the details, application forms and guidance notes can be found at:

Please check this out but I have copied just some of it below hopefully to motivate you to go for it!

The Rural Business Investment Scheme – FOOD (RBISF) is a capital investments scheme to support projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales.  The scheme is open to existing and start up micro & small food and drink processor’s and manufacturers throughout Wales.  

This is a capital investment scheme for food and drink processing or manufacturing activities currently not eligible under the Food Business Investment Scheme.  

The maximum grant for an individual investment project is 40% of the total eligible cost with a maximum of £50,000 for any individual investment project. 

All projects supported through the scheme must make a contribution to the overarching Food Strategy Action Plan – Towards Sustainable Growth: An Action Plan for the Food and Drink Industry 2010 -2020 with one or more of the following objectives:

promoting and developing a growing and vibrant food and drink sector in Wales continuing to develop a green image based on sustainable production methods further building resilience into the industry to withstand market changes driving improvements in food safety and security promoting technological innovation in both product and processes providing career opportunities at varying skill levels. 

Important: You must ensure you complete the appropriate application form for this window, please check the Window dates on the form. 

Further details on the application criteria can be obtained by reading the Guidance and supporting scheme documentation.

Scheme Indicative allocation Expected maximum number of full applications Window opens Window closes EOI Decision Date
Rural Business Investment Scheme – Food £300,000 15 20-Sept-17 1-Nov-17 22-Nov-17
Rural Business Investment Scheme – Food  




25 29-Nov-17 24-Jan-18 14-Feb-18

I’m sure after doing all this work for RBIS for food, we’ll get the usual moans and groans because ‘it doesn’t apply to me’ or ‘I can’t tick those boxes’. Well if you think you have a solid case but you are finding the forms rather tricky, then either talk to Menter A Busnes or talk directly to wag food.


Please don’t miss out on this…………………………………..




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  1. bow

    September 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    thanks for emailing this and putting on here.
    We’d be lost without you and Ian

  2. Jez

    September 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    some good news for smaller companies

  3. stan

    September 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    micro and small companies look now to be recognised and offered help.

  4. BOW

    October 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

    It’s not your job to push this, but like many other bow I’m grateful. Not sure I will qualify but might try on this one.
    Hope wag food understand how much of their work you two do, but bet not. It’s all unpaid work and not fair either in my take on this. Other people have made similar comments.
    Sure if you wished to volunteer you’d find a better charity than wag food!

  5. admin

    October 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I’ve never said it’s my job to promote things like this. But Ian and I have promised to back our advertisers. But that was and is our choice.
    It hasn’t been a smart choice in hindsight, as it takes up a huge amount of our time, but it is our choice.
    I hope wag food understand how work we put in for Welsh food and drink and maybe now, I think they do. I think they’ve got the message we are passionate about Welsh food and drink and support our producers. Any comments and suggestions we make are well thought through with the information we have. We want to help and that has never changed, but hasn’t always been appreciated. No dept. wants bad feedback but a clever dept will learn from it and at least talk about it.
    Wag food are now back advertising and talking to us which is brilliant.

  6. Jess

    October 5, 2017 at 8:24 am

    This seems a bit of a turn around by wag and looks like they now realise people have micro and small businesses in Wales. Well who’d have thought that would happen?
    It’s great news trust there will be good support for us.

  7. bow

    October 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Had to read this twice
    Shocked to have wag food offer some help after they’ve always seem to view us as 2nd class producers.
    This is what you and Ian have been banging on about for years, hope you are taking credit for this miracle?

  8. admin

    October 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

    No, not taking credit at all for this happening.
    We are just pleased it has happened and hope a lot of our producers will apply.
    There is help through wag food people just need to ask them for help.

  9. BOW long timer

    October 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    hope wag food continues now to support micro and small producers
    Kath and Ian have been telling them long enough about this.
    Acorns and oak trees. Kath explained that scenario to you but it took a long to to get home.

  10. Ji

    October 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    this is great news
    hope it actually works for us

  11. bow

    October 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    good news at last for us small producers and pleased you’ve mentioned where we can get help – always a lot of paperwork that doesn’t always make sense to me.

  12. Tess

    October 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    will look at this further Kath
    thanks as always for all you and Ian do

  13. admin

    October 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve told you where to go to help
    that’s what they are there for and paid for – please use them.
    I cannot do any more. But there’s money there – get it…………………….

  14. BOW

    October 11, 2017 at 9:21 am

    It’s about time wag recognised that there are many, micro and small businesses that need a helping hand.
    Sure that’s down to you and Ian Kath.

  15. admin

    October 11, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I’m sure we’d nothing to do with this happening
    The important thing is it’s there for micro and small producers to access – this is good progress.

  16. Steve

    October 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Wonderful news
    pleased you got wag food to listen to you and got this for micro and smaller businesses

  17. admin

    October 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I can’t take any credit for this but have been banging on about it for many years.
    It’s down to Wag Food and should help quite a few of our producers IF they get their act together!
    If they don’t we can do no more that’s for sure

  18. Pete

    October 16, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Not often I’ve a good word for wag or wag food, but this IF, AND I MEAN IF, it’s simple to apply, should help quite a few producers and set them on the right track.
    well done Kath and Ian

  19. admin

    October 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I keep saying Ian and I did nothing to get this set up – if you excluded moaning for years that micro producers don’t get grants – but this is all down to wag food not us.
    If producers need help with paper work and form filling, there is wag help available. So no excuses now!

  20. bow

    October 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I’m stunned that wag and wag food have actually listened to producers and you two.
    This is good news and I hope producers make the most of it.

  21. admin

    October 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I keep saying the same thing
    I don’t believe wag or wag food have listened to Ian and I
    but pleased this is there for them to access – just hope they do!

  22. Steph

    October 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

    It looks like wag food are at last understanding what micro and small producers need,and that’s better late than never!
    You say you and Ian didn’t help on this. But I like others I talk to think you 2 have.
    You have done so much for your producers and it’s time wag food gave you and Ian credit for that.

  23. Dom

    October 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Well done wag for waking up to the real Welsh food world.

  24. admin

    October 19, 2017 at 9:17 am

    thanks for a lovely comment. BUT I still say Ian and I have done nothing to get this scheme through we only knew about it shortly before we sent it around our BOW.
    IF and I say IF wag have listened so us that’s good, because we’ve always been constructive in the many issues we’ve had in food and drink.
    Wag don’t need to give us credit for anything, just make life a tad easier for food and drink producers – especially the smaller ones – acorns and oak trees………
    We back our producers because we promised to do so – we were just silly not guessing how much time and effort it would take and how annoying and frustrating it would be over the many years.

  25. bow

    December 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Have to thank you and Ian for getting wag food to listen and understand micro businesses need help to. Acorns – oak trees etc.

  26. Andy

    December 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    About 10 years too late for many but must rate as progress

  27. admin

    December 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve said before, but will say again getting this is NOT our doing but very welcomed.
    Yes we’ve been suggesting improvements / changes for the last 13 years but we are not one of wag food’s advisors
    so we cannot take any credit

  28. BOW

    December 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Must take you to task Kath
    You and Ian have worked solidly for your advertisers since you started the magazine, this welshfoodbites is a bonus and something else you don’t get paid for.
    You are the only two that really listen to us and help in any way you can. You pair are the only ones I see at markets and food festivals as well.
    You had the guts to constantly tell wag food they have things wrong and some changes have been made but of course you two haven’t had the credit you should have. I know of producers who you have gone to assembly members for help – but that’s not your job and not what you get paid for. But let me say this, it is appreciated but sadly not by wag or wag food.
    thanks both of you

  29. admin

    December 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    thanks for you kind comments.
    We have had a rocky journey with wag over the last 13 years BUT pleased to say we both think things are improving. I’m not upset we don’t get credit for anything we’ve managed to change or improve, but I’d have loved to have been paid for all the work we’ve done. The important thing is some changes have been made and we are both chuffed about that.
    see you soon

  30. Trev

    December 22, 2017 at 10:38 am

    You should take more credit for the work you have done for best of Welsh producers
    You and Ian have worked tirelessly and in my take on it you have been bullied by wag and wag food too – all for backing us.
    I cannot understand it wag food don’t know what the micro producers need, you guys do as you talk to us by email and phone and visit markets and festivals.
    You were at Aber last Saturday and St Dogs on Tuesday
    Kath thanks Welsh food and drink need you and Ian not sure they know it yet!

  31. Soo

    December 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

    hope this works for many
    it’s a great idea but important micro and small producers know about it
    how have wag food done that?

  32. admin

    December 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    we were sent details from wag food and sent it to all our BOW and also posted here on welshfoodbites.
    Not sure what else happened to it but wag food have a few Quangos so maybe they did something
    In my opinion it’s a shame if EVERY producer is not aware of it BUT in fairness to wag food all producers don’t open emails OR react to them.
    take a horse to water rings a bell here!!!!

  33. admin

    December 22, 2017 at 10:54 am

    All I can say Trev is that we do what we promise our producers, but it has taken an awful lot of work over the last 13 years and I’m sad and furious in equal measures that it has been such a hard slog. Mind you our accountant is cross too that it’s work we’ve not been paid for as we are not a wag or wag food Quango! But it was our choice…so we cannot grumble……..well I can but who will listen??