A number of businesses working in the food and drinks sector in Scotland have been awarded grants by the Scottish government. The grants are expected to help advance operations and drive business productivity.
It comes as a significant boost to the firms, with many other businesses seeking alternative commercial finance in Scotland for similar expansion plans. The most significant grant amounts to £1.9 million.
That has been provided to Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd, based in North-Uist. The firm has plans to build a new distillery on the Western Isle of Tarbert in Harris, with the whisky sector flourishing with sales from the developing world in particular.
Another notable grant has been provided to Findlaters Fine Foods. The Linlithgow-based firm will receive £156,000 which will be invested in a site upgrade. New equipment will also be installed, which will drive down costs and improve productivity.
Having received £148,000, Charcuterie Continental in Twechar will also invest in commercial development for the future.
Other businesses receiving money include TM Fresh Direct in Carfin, which will use its £108,000 to construct a new processing factory; Hamilton based Peter Equi with £94,000, and the Conon Bridge company Struan Apiaries, which will receive £64,000 for a facilities upgrade. Also, Sandyford Abattoir in Paisley will fund improvements with its £27,000 grant.
The money has been awarded to the businesses under two separate grant schemes: the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant scheme and Holyrood’s Marketing Development Scheme.
Both schemes have been in place for a number of years, with entries for consideration being opened to Scottish businesses periodically.