About the Partners

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About the Partners 2017-05-28T11:14:30+00:00

Each partner has a proven track record in the design and delivery of structured training courses and direct support for food entrepreneurs. We also value their extensive horizontal and vertical linkages to regional, national and EU policy makers in the fields of small business development and the agri-food industry; these connections will be vital to ensuring broad participation in the Regional Alliances, and will directly support the sustainability strategy and the wider uptake of our outputs.

All of the partners are experienced European project leaders, with stand out projects in the fields of education, vocational training and innovation, and have a sound knowledge of the administrative and operational procedures required from the funding body, as well as the team work and results focused work that is needed to deliver the project successfully.


The project is led by The Nationwide Caterers’ Association (NCASS, UK), a trade association which 30 years’ experience training and supporting over 2000 member companies and start-up businesses to help them to stay compliant and be profitable, with the overall goal of raising standards within the profession. NCASS is a recognised authority in the UK food sector with an unrivalled Streetfood experience.

Momentum Marketing Services (Ireland) is a research and training organisation developing progressive learning programmes for enterprise and education organisations with specialization in food. An accredited training centre in Ireland, Momentum has 10 years’ experience in transnational projects to boost competitiveness and innovation.

The Food Hub (Ireland) is a multi-tenant food production and enterprise education centre whose business model has been used as a template for food hubs across Ireland. This not for profit organization is backed by Drumshanbo Community Council Ltd and acts as an instigator for the identification, development and implementation of imaginative development initiatives in the northwest of Ireland.

Banbridge Enterprise Centre (BDEL, UK) works to “support the development of enterprise through a partnership approach between the public, private and voluntary sectors”. BDEL has managed numerous international projects including SME support focussed on immigrants and food businesses, and its staff are experienced providers of business education, coaching and mentoring to young adult and adult entrepreneurs, working with up to 400 people per year.

Stichting Business Development Friesland (Bdf, Netherlands) based in one of the leading agri-food regions of Netherlands, is dedicated to training for startup businesses and highly experienced in the development on online courseware and thus will lead the technical development of the multimedia open educational resources IO4. They are also organizers of Ljouwert Culinair, the biggest culinary event in the region.

Kiezkuchen (KK, Germany) is one of the largest private non-profit training organizations in Berlin, working with young people who have skipped the regular systems of apprenticeship because of socio-cultural and educational disadvantages. KK has been cooperating in transnational networks and projects for many years in order to support young people on the European labour market.