THE CLIMATE is right for businesses in the food sector, from farm gate through to retailers, according to a new consultancy group.

Robert Danks has just established Food Chain Solutions Ltd because he believes there has “never been a better time” to launch and develop in this sector.

“Interest in food, and its origins, has never been greater, and regional food has never been so popular.

“Couple that with an extension of DEFRA funding from 2007 to 2009, and a political commitment to promoting UK agriculture through regional and local food groups, and you have an excellent climate in which to build businesses all the way along the food chain.”

Mr Danks is planning offer advice on concerns from funding and grant applications to business strategy, new product development and recruitment.

He has over 20 years experience at senior level in food companies, and is currently helping the East Midlands Development Agency to establish the UK‘s first regional and speciality foods mall.