Help us to help you is the plea from Lews Castle College UHI to those involved in the food and drink sector in the Western Isles.

As part of the college's strategic review of its Food and Drink curriculum, it is looking to collaborate with local businesses to update their courses and develop skills training.

The college wants input and ideas from both the Hospitality and Professional Cookery and Food and Drink Production sectors.

Of Hospitality and Professional Cookery the college says : "We would invite expressions of interest in a potential joint collaboration to advance our skills training in these areas of our activity.

"If as an individual, business, or public interest you have any ideas, vision, or input that you would wish us to consider as we seek to re-invigorate this area of our curriculum, then please contact us with your ideas, proposals, and input.

"We are interested in potentially working with an existing business or interest in advancing this part of our curriculum." 

And with Food and Drink Production: "We are keen to increasingly support the small business sector, including Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, micro-businesses, local community trusts, and groups and social enterprises in our area who are adding value locally in the food and drink sector.

"We are keen to target and develop our skills training in areas of current and emerging needs in this sector, and in this respect we are keen to hear your ideas and thoughts on how we might work more closely and effectively to support the needs of the sector going forward."

Interested businesses are being asked to submit their ideas, input, and proposals by 10th August 2020, to Dr Michael Smith, Head of Department (Humanities) at Lews Castle College UHI, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.