Good Food Oxford (GFO) is striving to make Oxfordshire a thriving regional food hotspot, which requires a strong network of local businesses working together. This covers everything from production to processing to retail and involves scaling up from what exists already. GFO provide services to help food and drink businesses thrive, from providing business opportunities and publicity, to tailored training, to consultancy support.
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New business opportunity – ‘Good Food’ Away Days
Organisations are increasingly looking for team Away Days that are a little bit different or have a social conscience, and food & drink activities are proving the most popular! GFO is now offering a range of Away Day experiences through our partners. If you’ve got a great ‘Good Food’ (or drink!) experience to offer, please get in touch!
Good Food Oxford provides training for food and drink companies on a variety of subjects. Our flagship course ‘Cut Waste; Cut costs’ helps food companies reduce energy, water and food waste with all the social, economic and environmental benefits that brings. We can also help in other areas from boosting your social media strategy and skills in order to increase business, to the ins and outs of food safety management. Contact us to find out more.
One-to-one consultancy support
GFO offers detailed support for food and drink businesses and institutions on a wide range of subjects, from helping develop social media marketing plans, to embedding good food policies, to creating menus that are healthier and more sustainable. Contact us to discuss how we could help your business thrive.
Recognition and help towards certification
As customers become increasingly discerning about the environmental credentials of places they visit, being recognised as ‘green’ and socially responsible can help attract more customers. In 2016 GFO established a certification scheme based on the ‘Most Sustainable Restaurant Award’ category at the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards. GFO also awards window stickers in recognition of the environmental, sourcing and community actions network members have taken.
GFO can help food outlets of all types become more sustainable, and demonstrate this to customers; for example we award certificates to companies who have taken action as a result of our ‘Cut waste; Cut Costs’ training course. We can help businesses along their journey to achieving certification to a national scheme, such as the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ‘Food Made Good’ programme, breaking the process down into simple, easily digestible steps. Contact us to see how we could help you get the recognition you deserve.
Resources for business
See our list of resources covering guidance on making your organisation more sustainable, business regulations, funding opportunities and more.
Other things we are doing to help business
We also undertake a variety of research and projects to help grow our local food economy including:
- Made in Oxfordshire – Report from Good Food Oxford & Local Nexus event on relocalising manufacturing.
- Research Kitchen event series linking university research and local organisations.
- Sustainable Catering Guide for Businesses and Organisations.
- Publishing an Oxford Local Food Directory in partnership with Low Carbon Oxford North.
- Research and project development for a Food Hub for Oxford.
- Support for online marketplaces and redistribution platforms, such as OLIO, Too Good To Go and Open Food Network.
- Marketing workshop for local food businesses.
- Local food showcase dinner each year at the Oxford Real Farming Conference.
- Regular consultations with our business members to gauge challenges, progress and needs.
- Regular blogs and newsletters on food news and current affairs, e.g. the impact of Brexit on the food system.
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