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Each and every year we work with around 350 food and drink producers, and over 400 hospitality and retail businesses in the South West of England, as part of the Taste of the West Product, Hospitality & Retail Awards.

Sponsorship puts you and your business at the forefront of your category, ensuring that you are recognised for supporting the South West's thriving food and drink industry. Sponsorship opportunities are now available for 2020 and we can tailor a package to suit you. To find out more please contact Caroline on 01404 822012.

Meet the companies who have sponsored our awards programme in 2019, helping us to support the West Country's food and drink industry.


Old Mill are Title Sponsors of the Taste of the West Awards 2019

Sponsor the Best South West Restaurant, and the Burgers, Faggots & Meatballs and the Non-Alcoholic Hot Drink Categories.




The South West is at the forefront of the UK’s thriving food & drink sector with many regional success stories from local, artisan producers to world-renowned, export-led businesses making real headway in global markets. Old Mill has developed an in-depth sector specialism with clients across the West Country’s entire food & drink supply chain. We understand the challenges and issues facing business owners and can advise on a range of matters. 

Contact Old Mill today for specialist food & drink advice in the heart of the South West.

*Taste of the West members are eligible to receive 10% discount on the first year of accountancy and tax fees*


Black and White Asset Finance Ltd are Sponsors of the Supreme Champion Product Award 2019 and the Sweet Bakery and Egg Categories



Black and White Asset Finance pride themselves in obtaining clear, concise and efficient finance for capital projects. They work hard to understand your business and build a long-term relationship with you. They like a challenge and are accomplished at getting funding in place for more difficult to explain assets. They fill the gap if the bank drags their heels, doesn't understand the project or simply says no...

Contact Tim at Black and White Asset Finance Ltd today.


Porter Dodson LLP are Sponsors of the South West Producer of the Year Award 2019 and the Meat & Poultry Category




From start-up businesses to multi-national corporations, artisan producers to the best chefs in the country, the South West has always been one of the most celebrated places in the country for the source of excellent food and drink. The specialist knowledge Porter Dodson LLP have of the food and drink sector means that they can help your business from start-up to succession planning for the next generation.

Contact Porter Dodson LLP today.


RH Fibreboard Containers Ltd are Sponsors of the new Environmental Sustainability Award 2019



RH Fibreboard Containers Ltd design, manufacture and deliver corrugated packaging throughout the South West. Having complete control of all processes from in-house design to delivery on their own transport, they aim to provide a thoroughly professional service and high quality solutions to fulfil all your packaging needs. Their objectives and reputation are built on three simple principles: fast response to enquiries, absolute commitment to meeting deliveries and value for money total service. Being a family run business, unhampered by bureaucracy and with a quarter of a century of experience in the industry, they have learned the importance of adapting to the needs of individual customers in order to give truly great service. 

Contact Stephen Gabell at RH Fibreboard Containers Ltd today.


Taste of the West Insurance Services are Sponsors of the Fish Category and Best South West Butcher



Taste of the West Insurance Services are one of the leading independent insurance brokers in the UK. Based in Plymouth the firm provides specialist risk management and insurance advice to the food and drink sector. Committed to the South West they have a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities for business in the region.

Contact Paul Biden at Taste of the West Insurance Services today.

*Members of Taste of the West are eligible to receive a review of their insurance free of charge.*


Taste of the West Renewables are Sponsors Best Cafe/Tea Room, Cured Meat Category, and the Best Newcomer Award.


Taste of the West Renewables (TOTWR) is a new venture brought to you by Taste of the West to partner you along the journey to an energy efficient and greener business. Although a new venture, expertise at TOTWR lies in 40 years’ of green energy experience and giving advice to small producers up to large multi-site chains and everybody in between.

Contact Vanessa Zalma at Taste of the West Renewables today.

*Taste of the West members are eligible for a comprehensive energy audit free of charge.*

Taste of the West Legal Services are Sponsors of the Best South West Specialist Retailer/Delicatessan



Taste of the West Legal Services was established with the aim of bringing legal services into the modern era, prioritising approachability and cost effective, high service levels, keeping our customers’ interests always at the forefront of what we are doing. We understand that running a business can be rewarding but also challenging, so our friendly yet professional team are on hand to help you from start to finish.

Click here to find out more about the services.

Contact Matt Cook at Taste of the West Legal Services today.

*Members of Taste of the West are eligible to receive a health check of their current legal position free of charge*


Bright Solicitors are Sponsors of the Best Casual Dining

Bright Solicitors understand that running a business is often a rewarding yet challenging experience for many and you may find you can't do everything yourself - that's where they come in. They offer the expertise and guidance your business needs on a range of issues. Their friendly yet professional team are on hand to help you from start to finish, with regular communication to keep you up-to-date.

Contact Matt Cook at Bright Solicitors today.


Bristol Labels are Sponsors of the Wines, Spirits & Liqueurs and Sauces & Accompaniments Categories



Bristol Labels are a bespoke flexographic and digital label printer using the latest HP Indigo technology. They pride themselves on their customer service and high quality print, and provide free digital proofs and quotes as well as a free tea or coffee with their open door policy.

Contact Ben Stokes at Bristol Labels today.

*Taste of the West members are eligible to recieve 50% off all tooling including plates & cutters (If tooling is needed), as well as 5% off orders over 25,000 labels.*


Affinity Devon are Sponsors of the No.1 Place to Go in the South West



Affinity Devon is a new portfolio of outlet shopping destinations – one brand, three locations. Affinity believe in building close strong relationships with their customers and retail partners. Their philosophy is simple – by creating spaces that make retailers and customers happy, they also create commercially vibrant environments where people want to spend time and money. Their four brand values are Positivity, Community, Authenticity and Discovery. 

Contact Nicky Lovell at Affinity Devon today.


Agrantec Ltd are Sponsors of the Savoury Bakery Category

As the food industry innovates and experiments, Agrantec believe effective traceability tools help create a solid foundation in future proofing businesses. Partnering in their clients success, Agrantec provide a tool that is inexpensive, simple and powerful in its contribution to your commitment to traceability, good practices and a dynamic industry. 

Contact Adrian Talbot at Agrantec today.


BW Refridgerated Couriers Ltd are Sponsors of the Cheese Category



BW Refrigerated Couriers Ltd provide local, regional, nationwide, next day and same day temperature controlled sample, case and pallet distribution.

Contact Rob Barrow at BWRC today.


The Collaborators are Sponsors of the Best Branding Award



The Collaborators are a creative team who work on food brands, based on a lovely farm just outside of Bath. They are all passionate about food and love what they do. They update their blog with regular posts on current trends, food history, sustainability and those topics that provoke thought and discussion. They will also post
webdesign, illustration, photography and video and interesting media from across the world of food.

Contact Jayne Lilly at The Collaborators today.


Darts Farm are sponsors of the Awards Judging


Darts Farm is a vibrant, nationally award-winning Farm Shop based in the rolling hills of Devon, overlooking the beautiful Clyst Valley. A unique lifestyle shopping experience with a working farm at its heart, Darts Farm showcases the best food and drink the region has to offer and is home to a selection of handpicked specialist retailers. These include The AGA Shop, Fired Earth, Orange Tree, Cotswold, RSPB, Energy Hair and the Treatment Loft.

Contact Lizzie Caunter at Darts Farm today.


Devon County Agricultural Association are Sponsors of the Best South West Local Food to Go

Established in 1872, the objects of the Devon County Agricultural Association are the advancement of agriculture in Devon, and the encouragement of education and knowledge of agriculture and country pursuits. These objects are particularly fostered by the promotion of the Devon County Show, and also by the hosting of
related events throughout the year.

Contact the DCAA today.


Exeter Cookery School are Sponsors of Dairy Product Category



Exeter Cookery School on Exeter’s historic quayside offers stunning purpose-built kitchens which have been kitted out for real home cooks, making their venue the perfect place to develop and hone your cookery skills. With a range of cookery courses and cooking classes available, they’ve got a class to suit every skill level.

Contact Natalie at Exeter Cookery School today.


Event Exeter are Sponsors of the Sausage Category



Event Exeter represents an impressive array of unique conference, meeting and event venues that span the stunning Streatham Campus at the University of Exeter. Ranging in shape and size, their venues offer the versatility to host any event type, from residential conferences, gala dinners and exhibitions to weddings and drinks receptions.

Contact Harriet Munday at Event Exeter today.


Fresh Montgomery are Sponsors of the Chocolate Category



Fresh Montgomery host the Speciality & Fine Food Fair - the UK's leading showcase of fine food & drink. A must-attend, trade only event more than 700 producers will showcase thousands of new, artisan food & drink products. It’s a perfect opportunity to source new products and discover on-trend flavour combinations to incorporate into your menu or add to the shelves of your deli. S&FFF 2019 will take place 1st-3rd September at London Olympia.

Contact Jamie Connolly at Fresh Montgomery today, if you interested in exhibiting at Speciality & Fine Food Fair please contact Evelyn.


Foresite SPA are Sponsors of the Ready Meal, Soups & Light Eats Category



Foresite SPA support producers and suppliers of all shapes and sizes, from ambitious early stage businesses to national brands and beyond. We specialise in food and beverage companies who supply to retail and wholesale, including food service and the on trade. We are passionate about simplifying supply and customer fulfilment challenges and turning them into opportunities for growth and profit.

Contact Chris Mellor at Foresite SPA today.

*Taste of the West Members are eligible for a free consultation and the first 2 months licence free in 2019.


Global Mutual are Sponsors of the No.1 Place to Go



Global Mutual Retail Leasing target opportunistic transactions across the US, UK and Europe. Their progressive approach has a strong track record in creating, protecting and enhancing value. Their mission is to build a diverse portfolio which through dedicated strategies, managed by their team of retail and property experts, create additional value for their investor partners.

Contact Nicky Lovell at Global Mutual today.


InkREADible are Sponsors of the Sweet Preserves and Pickles & Chutneys Categories



Inkreadible Labels are specialist suppliers of customised labels and swing tags to artisan food and drink producers. They are proud supporters and sponsors of Taste of the West because of a shared philosophy encouraging the growth and development of artisan businesses with practical and cost-effective solutions. 

Contact Dawn Price at InkREADible today.


LWC Drinks are sponsors of the Best Dining Pub



LWC are your local drinks expert. We distribute over 6,000 products from a portfolio of local and UK brands. Championing South West businesses, we stock over 350 local brands to 1,500 hospitality outlets across the region. Offering fantastic customer service - on the road, as the only South West drinks supplier to deliver 6 days a week, and from our depot team who understand your business needs and can offer advice on your menu too. 

Contact Nic Ponticakis at LWC Drinks today.


The NFU are Sponsors of the Best Farm Shop

The NFU is the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. As the voice of British farming, its purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farming, to provide professional representation and services and secure the best possible deal for our 46,000 farmer and grower members, who cover two-thirds of the agricultural land in England and Wales.


Quantock Design are Sponsors of the Cider Category

Quantock Design know great ideas are vital to building dynamic brands and growing clients’ businesses. Being inquisitive provides the vital spark to a great idea, and it’s our talent and imagination that brings great ideas to life. We call this Natural Creativity™, and it puts our team at the very heart of what we do, so individuals prosper and imagination thrives.

Contact Mark Dalton at Quantock Design today.


Quayside Technical Services Ltd are Sponsors the Confectionary Category



Based in Exeter, Quayside Technical Services Ltd has been supporting business computer networks across Devon since 2001. The focus at Quayside is on providing complete IT solutions to clients who want to improve the way that they work. Quayside provide excellent technical support, either in remote or in person, and supplies computer systems, single and multi-site networks, office machines, mobile and fixed telephony, web hosting, domain services and online data backup.

Contact Claire at Quayside Technical Services Ltd today.


The Source Trade Show are Sponsors of the Best South West B&B



The Source trade show is the South West’s biggest and best show for the food & drink sector, and for good reason. No other event serves up such a rewarding and valuable mix of comparative tastings, innovative ideas, networking opportunities and inspirational experiences. Taking place at the start of February the show hosts up to 100 Taste of the West producer members and welcomes thousands of buyers from retail and hospitality. It’s the ideal way to give your business fresh momentum as you gear up for the new season. We’re delighted to sponsor the Taste of the West Awards and would like to wish the best of luck to all the entrants.

Contact James at Hale Events Ltd today.

*Taste of the West members receive a discount on stands at The Source trade show*


Total Energy Solutions are Sponsors of the Best South West Hotel



Total Energy Solutions help their clients save money on their utility spend; typically saving between 10% and 40% against their renewal offers. They make a complex market simple, by handling all the paperwork and being available all year round at no extra charge! Straight-forward, honest advice.

Contact Sean at Total Energy Solutions today.


The Tracklement Company Ltd are Sponsors of the Awards Ceremony Lunch

Based in the heart of Wiltshire, The Tracklement Company Ltd lovingly make an award-winning range of over 60 artisan condiments, from the UK's first Wholegrain Mustard to the Original Onion Marmalade. To make sure all of the products taste as good as the best homemade they make them in the same manner as you would at home; with the highest quality, natural ingredients, handmade in small batches. They know the origins of all of our ingredients and work with British farmers and spice growers from all over the globe.

Contact Liz at the Tracklement Company today.


Vale Labels Ltd are Sponsors of the Beer and Snack Categories

Vale Labels Ltd are an established family business based in the South West producing digitally printed self-adhesive labels on reels. Competitively priced with short to medium runs and multiple products a speciality. Their friendly team provide a complete labelling solution, tailored to customers' individual needs.

Contact John at Vale Labels Ltd today.


Warwick Event Services are Sponsors of Bacon and Non-Alcoholic Cold Drinks Categories



Warwick Event Services has been operating for over 30 years specialising in AV and technical production, sound, lighting and event services to the conference industry. Our aim remains the same: to serve our clients well, deliver quality services on time and within budgets, keep our promises, look after our staff and manage the business efficiently.

Contact Warwick Event Services today.


We would also like to thank our Patron Members - Denhay Farms LtdMole Valley FarmersThe Watercress CompanyBurts Snacks Ltd and The Black Farmer for sponsoring the Ice Cream & Sorbets Category