Partnership launched

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A PARTNERSHIP has been forged between the Southern Co-operative and Chichester College to launch Routes to Market – a scheme to help support fledgling and small food and drink businesses in Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Shelagh Legrave, principal of Chichester College, said: ‘It is estimated that 89 per cent of start-up food and drink businesses do not survive the first three years of trading and that the key factor to business failure is weak business planning.

‘Routes to Market aims to help start up food and drink businesses with the scaffolding to set up and grow their business and generate their best route to their chosen market.’

More information is available at, where businesses can sign up to receive details of business workshop dates or call Hannah Vaughan on 01798 877405.