£70m BOOST FOR FOOD AND DRINK BUSINESSES

An ambitious funding programme for food and drink businesses across Scotland has been launched by Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead.

He announced the new Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme on a visit to Edinburgh’s BREADWINNER BAKERY last week.

The scheme will widen to non-capital and co-operation bids later this year; it will plough £70 million into food and drink processing in Scotland as part of the new Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020, which is expected to receive formal EU approval shortly.

Said Mr Lochhead, “Scotland’s £13.9 billion food and drink growth sector has already rocketed since 2007. Turnover here has shot up 21 per cent compared to growth of 8.6 per cent across the rest of the UK, with Scotland’s massive success fuelled by the unwavering support of the Scottish Government and our agencies.

“Under the last Food grants scheme the Scottish Government supported in 172 projects between 2007 and 2013. Our £47 million investment levered in £114 million private sector funding and safeguarded or created about 8,500 jobs.

“I am delighted to be launching the new scheme in Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, and to have increased funding by 50 per cent which will enable us to invest even more in Scottish food and drink businesses.”

Also open for applications today is the Rural Development: Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF), the successor to the Skills Development Scheme, which is worth £12 million over the course of the new SRDP.

BREADWINNER BAKERY was established in Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, by Master Craftsman Baker SEAN and LESLEY MCVEY  in 1973. The bakery uses traditional craft baking methods, making all products by hand.

They bake using simple ingredients and dough starters like apple and potato, without any additives or preservatives. Their product range includes breads, sliced loaves, artisan rolls, cakes, savouries, pastries and tray bakes, as well as more unique breads, with flavours such as olive and Gruyère cheese, walnut and orange, and chocolate and champagne.

Son, KRIS MCVEY, joined the family business after a period in banking and now is Business and Project Manager.

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