News and Updates
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Nominations for the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards are now open, with businesses across Scotland's countryside encouraged to get involved. The ultimate benchmark of success in Scotland's countryside, the Scottish Rural Awards are now in their fifth year and are partnered...read more
Scotland’s food and drink growth sector generated £13.9 billion in turnover in 2016, a rise of 3.9% from the previous year, and the greatest annual growth since 2011. That’s part of a wider turnover growth estimated to be up 36% from 2007 Rural Economy Fergus Ewing...read more
£250k fund created to support local produce. Applications are now being accepted for grants of up to £5,000, as part of a new initiative to help drive projects that celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink. A total of £250,000 is available for...read more
Bowhouse, Fife’s new food innovation hub is unveiling its expanded portfolio of makers based at the St Monans site alongside new funding to support start up food and drink businesses. In the ten months since it opened, seven micro and small producers have based...read more
Since its February launch, the Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) has been busy, with six working groups up and running, four more in the pipeline and many more ideas germinating. New RISS groups are exploring how to improve the profitability of hill sheep farms,...read more
Food and drink business across Tayside are being invited to a two-part series of free workshops in Perth, aimed at supporting businesses who are looking to develop their commercial capabilities Delivered by experts from Connect Local, the Scottish Government’s local...read more