Posted: 06/12/2016

£3million scheme launched to promote Scotland’s food and drink

Fergus Ewing
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing announced a £3million scheme to promote Scottish food and drink.

A £3million scheme has been launched to help boost economic growth in Scotland’s food and drink sector.

Connect Local is the food and drink marketing advisory service for Scotland that was launched on St. Andrew’s Day by Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity. The new service plans to improve communication in the supply chain between local producers, entrepreneurs and SMEs.
Initiatives include a programme focusing on seafood that’s funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Scottish Government.

Fergus Ewing said, “Scotland’s food and drink has an international reputation for quality and is enjoyed around the world. It is one of our real economic success stories, accounting for 21% of all businesses in Scotland, and generating an annual turnover of £14.3 billion.”

Patrick Hughes, Connect Local’s project lead said: “We aim to ensure that local food and drink businesses are aware of the support available to them, and how that support can help in achieving their growth aspirations.”

Food and drink businesses are encouraged to contact Connect Local to find out more about the local market opportunities.

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