Growing Middlesbrough is an initiative to improve access to local food and drink. It acts as a network of local producers, retailers and enthusiasts that work together to satisfy customer demands.

The Growing Middlesbrough directory and website is a resource to help residents and other businesses identify where they can source local food and drink.  To feature in the directory and website, and to use the Growing Middlesbrough branding, businesses must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Farmers and growers – must grow a minimum of one product within 50 miles of Middlesbrough
  • Producers - must use a minimum of two basic ingredients in their product sourced from within 50 miles of Middlesbrough
  • Caterers - must source a minimum of two basic ingredients in their dishes from within 50 miles of Middlesbrough
  • Retailers - must sell at least four products that have been produced within 50 miles of Middlesbrough.  These products must also adhere to the criteria for either farmers and growers or producers
  • Wholesalers – Five or more products must be available that conform to the appropriate criteria above
  • Vegetable & fruit box/bag schemes - 50% of products must be sourced from farmers or growers conforming to the ‘Farmers and Growers’ criteria defined above

In addition – Businesses should serve the people of Middlesbrough and its surroundings and support the local economy.

Please note – ‘Local’ can be difficult to define, so if you are unsure about this, we are happy to answer queries. 

If you are interested in being included within the Growing Middlesbrough directory and website please complete the following form and someone will be in contact via telephone for more information.

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* 1. Business and contact information

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* 2. Which category most closely fits your business type?

If you have any queries regarding Growing Middlesbrough, please email or telephone 01642 579 820

Thank you for your interest in being a part of Growing Middlesbrough.  Don’t forget that you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and use the Growing Middlesbrough directory free of charge.

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* 4. What Food Hygiene rating does your business have?

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* 5. Collection and use of personal data

Middlesbrough Environment City takes the collection and use of your personal data seriously. The information you have provided will be collected by MEC and stored securely in paper or electronic format. It will not be given to any third party in a form that identifies you. The person responsible for data management is the Director of MEC.

We are collecting this data for the purpose of inclusion in the Growing Middlesbrough Local Food initiative. We would also like to inform you about further food related events and activities. This will be by email only using the address you have provided and only if you give consent below. We will not contact you by post, telephone or text unless you ask us to.

We will hold the data you provide for up to three years for audit purposes and to give you additional information about food projects. At any time, you can request that your data is securely destroyed by contacting us in writing or by email.

Published by Middlesbrough Food Partnership,
c/o Middlesbrough Environment City, Sandy Flatts Lane, Middlesbrough TS5 7YN
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