Resources – COVID-19

While we are waiting for the 2020 judging to go ahead, we want to help the SME community where we can. We keep adding resources and opportunities that we come across on this page that will hopefully help you and your business during these challanging times.

If you are able to offer any support or help to small food businesses please get in touch by calling 01666 817 318 to be added to this page.

Fiona Scott Media Consultancy

Sponsoring the 2020 Nourish Awards “Disruptor” Category

ONLINE PR TOOLKIT – use discount code CV49 and pay £49 during the COVID-19 crisis

Fiona Scott’s online PR Toolkit will give you the skills, the reassurance and the Toolkit – everything you need at your fingertips then this it’s time to take action and stay visible.

Professionally recorded, edited and produced with a NEW Bonus Module Crisis Management for the Business Owner.

Usually £147 (worth so much more) and yours for just £49 during the crisis.

So if you want to stay visible and need to make a BIG impact on a small budget my PR Toolkit is perfect!

A series of videos you can watch over and over again to give you and your business the PR boost you need – PLUS the new module on Crisis Management.

All businesses NEED my Online PR Toolkit in your life!

It’s usually £147 but during the COVID19 crisis it is reduced to £49 for you – PLUS BONUS Crisis Management Module


An exciting new initiative to support food & drink businesses by Mission Ventures.

A new £1.8m Accelerator and Venture Fund which will back ambitious food and drink challenger brands ready to help tackle childhood obesity.

Our Aim: To deliver market-led solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing the nation’s health.

Applications Open: 30th March 2020

Application Deadline: 30th April 2020

CURATED ONLINE MARKETPLACE – 100% FREE to use until the end of 2020

A brand new opportunity in partnership with the Nourish Awards. A new, online marketplace that is now ready to sell your products to consumers. The site is 100% free to use to support small businesses and food producers up and down the country who are working trielessly to feed the nation! Any fees in 2021 will be based on sales and value generated to support those businesses who need it the most.

Vendors must be able to ship their own products to consumers. Consumers are able to use a single shopping basket and checkout process to purchase goods. The more products we add the more custom we can attract and everyone can benefit.

To help small artisan businesses there will be no admin fees or commission charged in 2020. You keep 100% of your sales.

Product criteria: must be a healthy option! The marketplace is curated and will only accept natural products with a clean list of ingredients.

To get on the site: drop us an email to


This webinar was organised by Bread & Jam – do visit their site for more resources.

Claire Brumby – The Food Guide is a Mentor and Consultant to new and established food businesses, using experience gained through both founding her own multi award winning snack food brand and working with numerous food businesses. She is the best-selling author and finalist in the Business Book Awards with: The Winning Mix; Launch and Grow Your Food Business Without Selling Your Soul.
Claire is also an experienced and engaging speaker, having appeared on radio & TV. Clients and appearances include; BBC Dragons Den, The FoodTalk Show, London Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, The Food & Drink Forum, Chartered Management Institute, The Food and Drink Forum, Arla Foods, Speciality & Fine Foods, Doncaster Chamber, and also hosts industry workshops and masterclasses on subjects which include; How to launch a Food Business, Branding, Marketing, Routes to Market and Pitching to Buyers.
She is also a Virgin Start-up Mentor, Quality Food Awards Judge, Great Taste Awards Judge, Channel Relay Swimmer, married with 3 children and lives in North Lincolnshire. Claire is the author of the soon to be released book; The Winning Mix; Launch and Grow Your Food Business Without Selling Your Soul.


Sponsoring the 2020 Nourish Awards “Small Producers & Artisan makers” Category


Our favourite food festival has organised help for small businesses that regularly exhibit at their events. You can too support small businesses by purchasing one of the delicious free-from product bundles made up of delicious artisan products.

Message from Free From Festival:

Due to the current uncertain situation with Covid-19 and the postponement of our Free From Festival events we thought we would give you the opportunity to try some our amazing exhibitors’ products by creating some Package Bundles which can be delivered directly to your door. This both supports the small producers we work with while also saving you money on delivery costs if these products were purchased separately online.