Natural Partnerships Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation, co-directed by Hilary Knight and Paula Seager, to manage a range of projects to support local farming and the food and drink industry. It aims to increase sales and support within the local market and to help build the profile of local food on a national level.
Natural Partnerships CIC created the South Downs Food Portal with exactly this intention in mind, supporting rural businesses in the region.
Hilary Knight – Founder of the Sussex Food & Drink Network, an established network offering support to local producers, who has worked in the food sector her whole career. She set up and ran the food group, A Taste of Sussex, as part of the former Sussex Enterprise for almost 8 years and during this time came to recognise the need for networking amongst suppliers and buyers as well as between each other. www.sussexfoodnetwork.co.uk
Paula Seager – Founder of Natural PR Ltd, a leading PR agency in the South East in terms of passion for local produce, managing campaigns and projects which boost the local market. Their work includes Business to Consumer as well as Business to Business campaigns. Among many other clients, we manage the media relations and PR for South of England Agricultural Society. www.naturalpr.biz
Through our projects we bring together the whole local food and farming community. We always work in partnership with others in the public, private and charity sectors and it is through these strong relationships that we are able to achieve great things.
Another high profile scheme, which is managed by Natural Partnerships CIC, is the Sussex Food and Drink Awards, now in its 10th year and it continues to grow and gain recognition as a high quality and valuable awards scheme boosting Sussex food and drink businesses.