Over the last few months, RDA has been looking at different ways our food industries can deliver better returns and create more opportunities in the community. One theme is recurring: we can do together what we cannot do alone. A clear example of this is demonstrated in a food innovation centre I visited in Scotland recently.
The centre was based at a Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and included research facilities, labs, sensory labs, business centres and a collaboration office, facilitating business improvement districts for the food industry.
With our university bases at Roseworthy and Nuriootpa, and nearby in Adelaide, our TAFE facilities at Nuriootpa, Business Innovation hubs in Gawler and co-working spaces around the region, we have much of the infrastructure required to pull these threads together to assist food entrepreneurs accelerate their business, connect better with their consumers and grow.
There are a lot of things to get right in starting up a business, and a food business seems as complicated as it gets. Getting help from business facilitators and service providers makes sense.
Peer to peer knowledge share and problem solving also makes sense. RDA is busy identifying the collaborators that will add best value to current and emerging food entrepreneurs.
Let us know if you want to be part of a new approach to collaboration and growing food business across the region.
The idea of business improvement precincts can be adapted for any geography with common interests. A collaborate way to design a desired future and how to get there.
A few years ago we worked with design guru Laura Lee in coming to terms with a better way to design our communities, and business precincts.
Laura will return this year, and we have the opportunity to review growth and what we want from it.
If you live or work in Barossa, Gawler, Light or Adelaide Plains you are part of the conversation. Start thinking about the best future you can imagine for our region and tell us about it.