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f3-150f3 means: food for a sustainable economy, environment and community

We are advisors, social entrepreneurs and practitioners, developing innovative solutions for local and sustainable food systems.

We bridge the gap between policy and practice; piloting practical tools and models to guide stakeholders at all levels and facilitate change.

f3 is a co-operative Community Interest Company that has provided diverse research, strategic advice, and business support since 1999, to government agencies, local authorities, enterprises and NGOs.

Our innovative work builds on our direct experience and knowledge of hundreds of case studies from the UK and abroad.

Our key service areas comprise the following:

SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT and BUSINESS SUPPORT
  • Sustainable food business evaluation
  • Public procurement and sustainable sourcing
  • Research on sustainable food systems and short supply chains
  • Reviewing local supply chain infrastructure
  • Facilitating local collaboration on marketing and distribution

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SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS PLANNING and POLICY
  • City/regional food supply systems analysis and strategies
  • Facilitation of Food Strategy and Food Charter development
  • Policy development for government and local authorities
  • Facilitating ‘local food discussions
  • SME input to academic and international research studies

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SUPPORT for SOCIAL ENTERPRISE and COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
  • Collaboration and co-operative ventures
  • Local food hubs
  • Buying groups
  • Community enterprise start ups
  • Local and direct marketing strategies and promotion

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MARKET RESEARCH and EVALUATION: TOOLS and SERVICES
  • Evaluation of sustainable food initiatives
  • Market research survey templates
  • Bespoke survey design and participatory models
  • Business planning and financial forecasting templates
  • Statistical analysis

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ADVICE for PRIMARY PRODUCERS and MANUFACTURERS
  • Production and marketing for horticulture, dairy, meat and drinks
  • Food and drink processing and manufacturing
  • International development and agronomy
  • Organic production systems
  • Permaculture systems

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Local Food Roots  – a film to celebrate the local food movement

An invaluable resource for discussions on how we can build more sustainability and resilience in the food system. Made by f3 in association with Sprout Films. See the trailer below; buy the DVD; then organise a screening.

Latest news or publications

'Our Food Plan' toolkit available

The aim of food planning is to ensure that our communities are healthy, that local economies benefit from a strong local network of food producers, distributors and retailers, and that our environment is safeguarded. Managing this complex web of interactions requires good leadership and clarity of process.  To meet this need, f3 have developed and piloted  ’Our Food Plan Toolkit’. This provides guidance to help all those involved in the process of mapping, planning  and taking practical steps forwards, with an effective participatory approach. “Many thanks for this very impressive toolkit, which codifies an enormous stock of knowledge in a very user-friendly way..” Prof. Kevin Morgan, Cardiff... read more

Evidence for the Benefits of Food Plans

f3 have carried out some research to try to find ‘hard evidence’ of the effectiveness of food plans. To date this kind of evidence is not strong. However, there good reporting on the diverse actions and initiatives that are part of a plan. Equally important is the ‘joined up thinking’ that gets generated between public health, economic development, education and parks officers, when meeting with community groups and businesses to discuss the local food economy; interesting and creative things start happening that help meet a wide range of aims and objectives. Read the full... read more