Ready to grow your business but not sure where to start?
Food South Australia, on behalf of Primary Industries and Regions SA, delivered the Agribusiness Growth Program to support small enterprises (with a turnover of $100,000-$1.5m) in the food and beverage and value-adding agriculture industries.
This program aimed to accelerate business growth, through expert business evaluation and coaching services for activities that would have a direct impact on business growth that would have not otherwise been undertaken.
A comprehensive business evaluation of the current business position was conducted for each participating business, including a site visit and the preparation of a business evaluation report with recommended action plans. One-on-one business coaching in the targeted areas of improvement needed for growth was then offered.
The Agribusiness Growth Program has now closed, however if you are interested in business growth programs, please complete and submit the expression of interest form at the end of this page. Food South Australia will keep you informed of any future program opportunities as they arise.
What people said about the Agribusiness Growth Program
“Thanks Food South Australia for the opportunity to engage in the evaluation. The whole experience has been enlightening and empowering. As Dairy Farmers taking on the food industry we have certainly made some mistakes due to lack of business knowledge. I feel like this program is giving us a different direction and a manageable ‘to do’ list. Our evaluator has been wonderful, his meticulous research and willingness to better understand our industry gives us a great sense of comfort that this evaluation will point us in a positive direction.”
Lisa Werner, General Manager Accounts, Jersey Fresh
Barossa Traditional and Gourmet Pizza
“The business evaluation was really good as our food business has grown so quickly it highlighted that we are currently not set up correctly if we want to keep growing. I found our evaluator helpful in explaining where we could look at improving as well as the strengths of our business, and I appreciated his flexibility in working our meetings around the demands of the business. I’m keen now to get on with the business coaching as I can see a clear path forward for us.”
Donna Noble, Managing Director, Barossa Traditional and Gourmet Pizza
“We have found the Agribusiness Growth program really helpful in having someone visit and get to know our company from outside and who could look at our strategic opportunities in a different way. We knew we could improve our business and have had a clear goal for our growth. But because we are dealing at an operational level everyday it has been difficult to put in place the steps to achieve our vision. We now realise what we need to do. We are excited about the future and the next stage of program funding will help us get there. Thanks Food South Australia for your support and assistance.”
Bridget Beal, Managing Director, Fruit Wise
About the program
Businesses who were approved to participate in the Agribusiness Growth Program received a funding grant to support the cost of hiring expert business coaching services specific to the business improvement recommendation(s), capped at $10,000. Coaching was designed to support one or a small number of staff to help develop the required skills needed to address the chosen business improvement recommendation(s). Businesses were required to contribute a minimum of 25% of the coaching service fee, and could choose to go beyond the $10,000 cap value at their own cost.
To be eligible to participate in the Agribusiness Growth Program, South Australian businesses had to:
- be a financially viable and solvent South Australian registered agricultural value-adding, or food or beverage business
- have been in operation for 2 years or more and incorporated in Australia with non-tax exempt status
- have products and markets with the potential to expand
- post farm-gate value adding activity considered eligible includes turning milk into yoghurt, bagging lettuces etc
- be willing to provide information and data, including financial information to enable sound business evaluation
- have an annual turnover between $0.3m and $1.5m
- have some level of existing planning for growth which would benefit from independent review
Connect with us
For more information on the business growth program opportunities, please submit the following expression of interest form, or contact:
8303 9417 or 0429 824 601
Expressions of Interest