For more information on membership or any of the benefits available to members, contact Linda Chirnside by email or call 0131 335 0940.
Bruce Stevenson are Scotlands leading independent insurance broker, our specialist team provide the Food & Drink industry with professional and local insurance and risk management advice via our network of offices throughout Scotland.
Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers are one of the largest independent Insurance Brokers in Scotland. We understand the food & drink sector and the challenges faced from increased legislation and consumer demands.
Our specialist team can assist members of Scotland’s Food and Drink in the placement of their commercial insurances. With experience in both manufacturing and production we routinely place cover for:
Product recall & contamination
Transit and storage including spoilage in transit
Deterioration of Stock
Cold Stores and risks which include composite panels
Environmental Liability and Pollution
Loss of licence
From our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, the North East and Galashiels we provide our clients with an exceptional service. Additionally we have our own in-house claims team who are on hand to help you. We are founding members of UNA, an alliance of independent brokers across the UK which gives us stronger negotiating powers to obtain better value from insurers on behalf of our clients.
As members of Scotland’s Food & Drink we can offer members with a complete Risk Management service including Health & Safety policy preparation, risk assessments and Employment Law support.
In addition we donate 20% of our earnings on every case placed on behalf of members to the organisations’ chosen charity, FareShare Scotland.
CCRS Brokers Ltd
Insurance Specialists in the Food & Drink Sector
CCRS Brokers Ltd are a firm of specialist food & drink insurance brokers, providing insurance and risk management advice to the Food & Drink sector. With over 10 years’ experience delivering professional advisory services to Food & Drink clients across Scotland, we understand your business insurance requirements and the difficulties you face in the current insurance landscape.
Exclusive Insurer Facilities and Competitive Premiums
Our innovative approach to reviewing your insurance requirements combined with our exclusive facilities ensures we deliver real value to your business. We have an experienced and dedicated Food & Drink sector team and our Risk Audit process ensures we capture the optimum risk information to provide you with market leading insurance protection at the most competitive premium.
Free Risk Management Support
Our relationship will extend beyond insurance cover alone and we will provide risk management support and guidance to help you protect your business. Our experience within the sector allows us to provide you with tailored risk management advice that addresses known issues such as panel replacement and maintenance.
Our service includes:
A full review of your insurance programme and placement of cover
Exclusive access to specialist food and drink insurance markets – exclusively available to CCRS Brokers Ltd
Full Risk Audit survey of your premises that presents an accurate overview of your risk profile
Due Diligence Review with analysis of risks within your business
Risk management advice and guidance
Full claims support throughout the lifecycle of all claims from our inhouse claims experts
Our Glasgow-based team are focussed on providing superior technical advice and service. We understand that appointing a professional adviser is a critical decision for any organisation which is why our core values form the foundation for all our relationships and interactions with our clients. We believe in building long-term partnerships based on the value of our expert advice, trust and transparency.
Members of Scotland Food & Drink are entitled to a 10% discount off health and safety services provided by NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd (RMS).
Commercial insurer NFU Mutual provides service to its customers via a network of local offices across Scotland from the Highland & Islands to the Lowlands. With over a century’s experience NFU Mutual remains true to its original philosophy of providing customers with the insurance and risk management cover they need and a no quibble claims service.
RMS are uniquely placed to provide health and safety advice to the food and drink industry that is tailored to the specialist needs of your business. With their background in this sector, they understand the specific risks and issues faced every day. They can provide cost-effective advice on reducing risks that is backed-up with practical support from a team of experience consultants.
They can offer you cost-effective Risk Management Services which include :
HACCP (including primary production)
Health & Safety Policy
Task Based Risk Assessments
Fire Risk Assessments
Specialist assessments including noise, dust and DSEAR
Willis is a global insurance broker and risk advisor with a network of 400 offices in 120 countries, allowing them to service clients wherever they operate.
In Scotland the offices include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, delivering bespoke solutions to some of nation’s best known food and drink sector companies. They have a dedicated Food and Drink Practice, made up of experts who understand the issues faced by companies in the sector. Benefits they can offer members include:
Access to in-house insurance experts in the food & drink sector
Free initial risk and insurance consultation
Access to Recall Shield – exclusive and market leading product recall policy
Access to Willis’ global capabilities offering advice on international legislation and regulations
To find out more about how Willis uses risk analysis and an in-depth sector understanding to support your business, please contact your BDM.
Accountancy & Finance
Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP
Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP are one of the UK’s leading Chartered Accountants and Business Advisory Firms.
We have a team of specialists with extensive knowledge in the food and drink sector who have the experience and resource to support any business from start-ups to established companies. Our dedicated team provide specialist services to food and drink companies which include audit and accounting, tax planning, business planning, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, consulting, payroll and whistleblowing.
If you are interested to learn more, please contact Derek Mair firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on twitter @fooddrink_aab.
Member Benefit 1 – Whistleblowing Services
24/7. 365 days a year whistleblowing reporting
Case Management platform
Management Information reports
Duration – 12 months
Cost: Dependent on scope - 20%-member discount
Member Benefit 2 – Whistleblowing Training
Writing and Defining your Whistleblowing Policy
Managing whistleblowing concerns
Raising whistleblowing Awareness
Duration – 1-2 hours
Cost: £350 per delegate
Both benefits are delivered by AAB’S whistleblowing specialists.
Grant Thornton UK
Grant Thornton UK offers members a complimentary face-to-face consultation where they'll work with you to identify the challenges and opportunities facing your business and help you map out your strategy for growth.
Grant Thornton is one of Scotland's leading independent assurance, tax and business advisory firms. They help dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward-thinking advice. Internationally, they have more than 38,500 Grant Thornton people across over 120 countries all focused on making a difference for clients.
They have gained a robust reputation for their experience and insight in Scotland's food and drink industry, working with some of the country's biggest and best known brands.
Johnston Carmichael is the largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm in Scotland and a leader within the food and drink industry where we work with over 400+ businesses. We assist companies with debt funding, mezzanine loan funding, business angel and/or other equity funding. Our experts can help you with business plans, financial models, negotiating with the banks and/or sourcing funding to help you meet your growth targets.
Research and Development tax credits
R&D tax credits are a UK Government tax incentive to encourage innovation by UK companies. There is a huge amount of innovation in the food and drink sector, from development of new cold distillation processes in gin production, to more cost-effective manufacturing processes in a bottling plant, to the development of new products with improved health profiles, to smart packaging that indicates remaining shelf life. Our Innovation Taxes team has a proven track record of delivering successful claims and methodologies for companies in this sector, working for many of Scotland’s best known brands. Through our relationship and experience with HMRC’s R&D specialists, we know the information they require in support of a claim. Our experience in preparing claims in the food & drink sector also creates the opportunity to improve the value of claims, by highlighting areas of eligibility that may otherwise be overlooked.
Martin Aitken & Co Ltd
Are you considering improvements to your business premises, investing in equipment or even purchasing new business premises? If so, the purchase may well qualify for capital allowances which will reduce your tax bill. Contact Martin Aitken & Co’s advisers today to request a free consultation.
Quite simply, capital allowances can reduce your annual tax bill. They can be claimed for some types of capital expenditure, but generally speaking anything that is used for a business purpose that has a useful life of two or more years may qualify.
Capital allowances are treated like any other expense and can be deducted from your profits, or added to a loss, when calculating your taxable profits at the end of the year. It is also often the case that embedded plant fixtures are not valued separately when purchasing a property and as a result qualifying items are missed.
To ensure that you don’t miss out, Martin Aitken & Co offers a complimentary face to face consultation for SF&D members to find out if your capital expenditure could qualify. Further, if you are contemplating capex we’ll run the numbers for you to see if there is a potential claim in advance of you making the purchase, and we’ll discuss the potential grants and economic incentives that may also be available to you to help fund the purchase.
Black Ink Virtual FD Consultancy
As member of Scotland Food & Drink we offer members a complimentary / no obligation half day diagnostic meeting in which we work together to identify and prioritise your ‘Finance Director’ support needs.
Black Ink delivers a cost effective solution for businesses that require the input of a skilled finance director but don’t want the full time cost obligation. We bring a wealth of experience from working in the food and drink sector; can add great value to the existing management structure and because we are not in the business on a day to day basis, we offer an independent and informed perspective.
Black Ink is a valuable business partner to you:
Sharing your business ambition and commitment to success
Meeting up when you need to – with you and your teams
Attending Board Meetings and other external events, representing your financial matters with key stakeholders
Providing financial data that underpins your business vision and the metrics and analysis you need to track it
Reviewing your data systems to ensure you are maximising the potential from your investment and make recommendations where we think it is beneficial. We will work with you and your teams to implement change – should this be required
Campbell Dallas is one of Scotland’s most dynamic and progressive firms of accountants and business advisors with over 320 staff and 29 partners operating from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Stirling, Kilmarnock and Ayr.
Services we provide include; audit and assurance, business and banking advisory, tax compliance and consulting, VAT, business recovery, improvement and corporate finance.
Our Food & Drink sector experience
Our experienced Food & Drink team ensure that our clients receive all the guidance and support they need to grow their business, take advantage of available tax benefits, ensure profits and working capital balances are maximised and plan for the future.
Free consultation and benchmark analysis
Our team offer a free one-to-one consultation to discuss ways in which you can improve the performance of your business. This session will include a comprehensive review and a benchmark analysis against competition. Our innovative benchmarking tool will help find gaps in the market and provide you with all the necessary information to make informed business decisions. The overall aim is to improve the performance of your business and increase the options available to you.
Anderson Strathern is one of Scotland’s leading law firms and provides specialist health and safety advice to a large number of UK organisations, many of whom are in the food and drink sector.
Free Health And Safety/Regulatory Compliance Audit
They are the Health and Safety Executive’s solicitor of choice and provide training to organisations such as IOSH. They are offering members a free one hour training session for board members, directors and managers on what they need to know in order to protect themselves and their organisations as a result of their duties under health and safety legislation.
Free Legal Health Check
This will be spent looking generally at all aspects of legal business including property, corporate and commercial / contractual issues, finance, tax, dispute avoidance and succession / looking to the future. From advising large estates to small scale farmers, and from large food retailers to micro-breweries, Anderson Strathern draw on unrivalled experience in providing a first class legal service to the food and drink sector.
Free Access To 200 + HR Templates
Brodies’ employment team has created an innovative, new, online website, Workbox, which offers online HR know-how and guidance and access to over 200 HR templates including letters, policies and contracts of employment, all from a source you can trust.
Brodies are offering Scotland Food & Drink members a free trial of Workbox. To request a free trial, click here.
Contract Management – Exclusive Offer For Members
BOrganised is an online contract management solution for customer and supplier contracts, and we are offering Scotland Food & Drink members 3 months free when you sign up for 1 year. Plus, if you commit to using BOrganised for 2 years, you will benefit from a 10% discount on the annual subscription fee.
Find out how BOrganised can help improve a business’ risk and cost management practices and get the most value out of their contracts by visiting Brodies LLP - BOrganised
Citation Professional Solutions
Citation is offering Scotland Food & Drink members Health & Safety and Employment Law solutions.
Let Citation take care of the messy, complicated bits of running your business.
Whatever your goals, we’ll help your business succeed with our expert HR and Health & Safety support.
From confusing compliance to dealing with difficult employees, our straight-talking friendly team simplify complex challenges, providing the best advice for you and your business. Guaranteed. We offer 24/7 access to the most highly qualified professionals around, with unrivalled industry specific experience and online tools to keep your business running smoothly — saving time and reducing stress.
CMS are offering Scotland Food & Drink members free access to bribery, contracts and GDPR webinars which analyse recent commercial cases and bring out useful practical points.
CMS’s food and drink team which provides a one-stop-shop for all issues relating to the food and drink sector is delighted to offer you free access to recorded webinars, as well as the opportunity to sign-up for Kernel which covers the legal aspects of your industry.
Contracts Training – CMS
Food and drink companies have to navigate a complex legal landscape to run a successful business. Our contracts webinars analyse recent commercial cases to bring out useful practical points. We have a series of short (10-15 minutes) pre-recorded webinars that you can view at a time to suit.
Avoiding bribery and corruption: as easy as ABC? - CMS
Your employees need to be aware of your policies and procedures in relation to bribery and corruption in the workplace. We can offer training to help you meet your requirements under the UK Bribery Act, as well as advising on policies, procedures and investigations.
GDPR - what the Food & Drink sector needs to know
This GDPR webinar which discusses the key implications of the GDPR for organisations in the food & drink sector in the UK.
Kernel – CMS Food & Drink bulletin
Kernel looks at the current legal issues affecting the Scottish food and drink industry and provide bitesize articles on key developments. See below for registration information.
Access CMS webinars and Kernel by contacting Linda Chirnside or emailing us at email@example.com
All members of Scotland Food & Drink are entitled to one hour’s free legal advice with top legal firm Dentons.
This service is offered from any of Dentons offices (located in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh or London) and can also be conducted via telephone conversations if these locations are inconvenient. This offering can cover any legal concern which you have in relation to your business.
Previously members have sought advice on property issues, health and safety concerns, labelling advice, getting their contracts sense checked, debt recovery issues and ecommerce concerns. The team can also address any export queries you might have, accessing their wider international network of law firms wherever and whenever needed.
Free IP Consultation and Report
Lawrie IP are specialist intellectual property advisors. They have a team of experienced patent and trade mark attorneys offering a full range of IP services in relation to patents, trade marks, designs and copyright.
They know from working with a variety of clients in the food and drink industry that having a strategy for protecting and managing IP from an early stage can save a lot of time and hassle at a later date.
Lawrie IP are therefore pleased to offer members a consultation regarding any intellectual property issues with a follow up report summarising their initial advice and any recommended actions. The consultation and follow up report are free of charge, and any further work will be undertaken at fixed rates.
Please get in touch to arrange your consultation.
MacRoberts’ 24/7 Emergency Response Number
MacRoberts provides a 24/7 emergency response for food and drink businesses dealing with a sudden, major incident.
John McGovern, Consultant at MacRoberts, provides free telephone advice (on 0800 999 3225) to any business that needs urgent legal protection in the event of a major incident, such as an accident or a dawn raid. John specialises in protecting clients from regulatory investigations by the HSE, SEPA, Police Scotland and many others.
MacRoberts has vast experience in the food and drink sector, providing a unique, full-service and cross-sector offering designed to meet clients’ particular circumstances and complexities. Given the varied nature of the sector, and the supply chain and cross-sector complexities industry operators face, we understand the need for clients to have access to the full range of legal services provided by our specialists in areas including employment, finance, real estate, intellectual property, dispute resolution, debt recovery, trademarks and commercial contracts.
MacRoberts has a comprehensive grasp of the ever-changing food and drink environment, and appreciates the increasingly complex supply chains which operators and businesses must navigate – the result is legal services designed to meet the needs of food and drink business, delivered by thought-leading legal experts.
Shepherd & Wedderburn
Shepherd and Wedderburn's in-depth knowledge of this sector allows them to understand the constant challenges faced by food and drink businesses.
Shepherd and Wedderburn’s experience advising companies in the sector, large and small, with supply chain, branding, distribution, and related issues, as well as unrivalled M&A and finance expertise, helps food and drink companies to understand better the commercial and legal issues they face. Members are offered a free consultation to share this experience and insight.
Low Carbon, Waste, & Energy Efficiency Projects
Shepherd and Wedderburn are currently offering a free consultation to share this experience with any members who are currently considering or initiating a “Low Carbon” or “Green” project.
The food and drink sector is the fourth highest industrial energy user in the UK. A real opportunity exists within the sector to drastically reduce this consumption by developing and implementing a range of “Low Carbon” measures which would not only reduce emissions but also have a positive impact on a member’s bottom line by reducing energy and waste disposal costs.
Shepherd and Wedderburn understand the increased focus throughout the industry towards “Green” issues and have been working with clients across a range of sectors in originating and delivering projects which have had a positive impact on their business. They are currently offering a free consultation to share this experience with any members who are currently considering or initiating a “Low Carbon” or “Green” project.
PR & Marketing
3X1 Public Relations
3x1 is one of Scotland’s largest PR, media training and public affairs consultancies based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
They have run successful PR and digital campaigns for companies including Highland Spring, Seafish, Lees Foods plc, Quality Meat Scotland, Baxters Food Group as well as working with smaller artisan producers during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. 3x1’s videography services bring food and drink companies to life and they launched the popular online hub – a first for the industry.
Since 2015 has been designated as the Year of Food and Drink, why not take advantage of 3x1’s free members’ PR health-check worth up to £500. This entails PR advice from a consultant in a face-to-face meeting or by telephone. Further assignments such as media training, copywriting, videography or digital campaigns will quality for 20% discount on 3x1’s standard fee rate.
Black House Creative
30-Minute Telephone Consultation
Black House Creative offer a free no obligation 30-minute telephone (Facetime or Skype) consultation to “problem-solve” any current branding or marketing issues you may be experiencing and, in addition, they will offer a 20% discount on your first project together.
Black House Creative are multi-international award winning branding, marketing and design specialists, experienced in all business sectors with a particular passion for the food and drink industry.
Your business growth and development is Black House Creative's main concern and they will tailor their services to suit your specific requirements.
By using their knowledge and experience in branding, marketing and design as a strategic business tool, your business can increase its competitiveness, attract more customers and boost its profits.
Your investment in first class branding, marketing and design will bring positive results to your bottom line, growing your market share, giving you a greater ROI and shaving years off your learning curve.
They will bring a fresh open approach to your business to help it achieve its ambitions, bringing an outside perspective, with no preconceptions or past history of what has gone before.
Making your business look brilliant is their business. You are the inspiration. If you have a vision, a passion to grow and succeed then they’d love the opportunity to show you what they can do for your business.
For more information on to how Black House Creative can help your business grow and develop take a look at their website www.blackhousecreative.co.uk
Exclusive to Scotland Food & Drink Members:
Black House Creative offer a free no obligation 30-minute telephone (Facetime or Skype) consultation to “problem-solve” any current branding or marketing issues you may be experiencing and, in addition, they will offer a 20% discount on your first project together.
Free Market Insight and ‘Brand Storytelling’ workshop
Scottish award winning design agency, FortyTwo is offering members a free Market Insight and Bespoke ‘Brand Storytelling’ workshop.
With extensive experience across food and drink including gin, whisky, chocolate, preserves, ice-cream, coffee, and independent bistros and cafés, FortyTwo offer brand and digital expertise that helps their clients achieve their goals and more through our one-to-one and personal approach to creativity. Getting to know you and your market intimately so as to sculpt and story and a visual aesthetic that provides real stand-out in a very competitive market.
A results driven business, we creative beautifully executed design that works and provides real and lasting benefits for all we work with. This success begins with valuable market insight and a unique way of telling an evocative brand story – how will you stand out? Find out how we do it by getting in touch.
Discount, advice and support for funding - Offshoot creates eye-catching brand identities, stylish print and digital collateral and engaging packaging.
Established in 2010 in Glasgow, they work with UK and international clients, helping make the creative process straightforward and impressive. The fruits of their labour are the cornerstones of your business; the tools that help you drive sales and communicate your message.
The team is on hand to create a range of options that will best suit your requirements. And when they need to they can call on a host of talented specialists to enhance and help bring the concepts to life.
Every project is unique and always focused solely around the client.
Free introductory consultation about your requirements
10% discount to all Scotland Food & Drink members
Advice and support in applying for funding, of up to £5,000, from Scottish Enterprise which can be used to develop your brand as well as packaging, digital presence and prototyping. They can offer a range of service that fit within the remit of the grants available.
Nick Callaghan Photography & Videography
Nick Callaghan loves talking to chefs and food producers, photographing food, and capturing the manufacturing process in stills or video. Check out some of his work.
He loves feeling happy and what better way to feel happy than doing something you love. Working across Europe for small businesses, big businesses, national brands, global brands and one man bands, he has had the privilege to photograph and video many wonderful people and produce.
As a fellow member of Scotland Food & Drink Nick is offering up to a 20% reduction on his day rate. Do what you love, but if you want your business to look professional, then have it photographed professionally.
Scene & Herd PR & Marketing are offering members an introductory PR and Marketing package for small businesses.
Introduction to PR Package
If you have never fully explored how PR and Marketing could help your business they have the perfect package for you. For £650 they will offer you a ‘toolkit’ to provide the perfect foundation for growing awareness of your brand.
The package includes;
Initial telephone conversation with a member of the Scene & Herd team so that they can learn more about your business and its objectives
A mini review of your current PR and Marketing activities
A personalised ideas document highlighting some simple yet effective activities and strategies which could be put in place to grow awareness of your brand
A mini biography of the business owner/manager for placement in the media
A tailored press release about your business which can be used to disseminate current news and/or as a template for future announcements
A social media advice guide to help you establish or grow your social media presence
Follow-up phonecall with the same Scene & Herd team member to answer any queries
Similar packages are also available for larger business so please get in touch for further details.
Scene & Herd – PR and Marketing specialists who give your business voice and vision
We work with businesses, organisations and events about which we feel passionate and enthusiastic, building their reputation and helping them grow. We deliver results by ensuring that our clients are ‘seen and heard’ in all the right places.
Specialising in all things rural and food and drink related, whether you are in the business of producing something from the land or giving something back, then we are in the business of telling your story and helping you to grow. There is no other agency in Scotland like us.
Root & Toot are a marketing, design and advertising agency. We only work with clients in the food and drink sectors, offering a unique understanding and perspective. Working on large campaigns for established companies such as Tunnock’s and Glenfarclas to one off projects for new start up businesses we offer a wealth of experience across strategy, planning, creative and media all under one roof and all working together seamlessly.
We are delighted to offer fellow Scotland of Food & Drink members:
• A half day workshop with our industry expert (worth £260) who will learn about your business and assist in a variety of areas from reviewing current sales & marketing procedures to advising on innovative ways to grow your business free of charge.
• An independent review of your current Marketing activities.
• Free ideas portfolio tailored to suit your product and business including initial concept designs and media suggestions (both tradition and social).
• Two free blogs written by our copywriter which can be used on your website or social media accounts.
• Free SEO audit for your website and suggestions on how to improve traffic flow to your site
• Support with funding applications from Scottish Enterprise ‘By Design’ and ‘Make it to Market’ grants.
Check out our website www.rootandtoot.co.uk for more information on what we can do to help your brand grow.
Thyme Photography are experts in commercial photography for the food & drinks industry. Based in our Leith studios, we create enticing imagery in a wide range of styles for print and web.
Our exclusive offer for members of Scotland Food & Drink:
5% OFF your first HALF DAY booking
15% OFF your first FULL DAY booking
20% OFF your first 2+ DAYS booking
Have you thought about launching your new product with some impressive photography, or how about creating delicious recipe photos to share on social media? Our professional and experienced team of passionate foodies are eager to get shooting!
Elevate your products and engage with potential customers to showcase the true spirit of your company.
Aspen People Ltd is a boutique executive search firm working in partnership with a broad range of clients.
With 20 years’ experience in the Food and Drink industry they are well networked across the UK, working with PLC’s to SME’s, and can provide your organisation with expertise on all aspects of creating the right team.
They are delighted to offer members of Scotland Food & Drink the following benefits:
10% discount on our standard Terms of Business rates
OR Free recruitment microsite
OR 50% discount on a recruitment video
PLUS Free annual 2 hour session to review salaries, structure etc.
DR Newitt are offering members of Scotland Food & Drink preferential rates for exclusive business. They also offer a free salary overview for your business.
Whether you are looking for a fresh graduate or an experienced Senior Manager / Director, DR Newitt can offer you a selection of the best candidates who are currently looking for an exciting move within the food and drinks industry.
With over 20 years food and drink recruitment experience, Stephanie Newitt has shared her knowledge of the ever changing industry and now oversees a team of 30 Recruitment Consultants, all based in Edinburgh.
DR Newitt are offering members of Scotland Food & Drink preferential rates for exclusive business. Members are not required to pay a retainer. They also offer a free salary overview for your business.
Eden Scott is a dedicated food and drink recruitment business that has placed professionals across the length and breadth of Scotland.
Their expertise of the industry allows them to use innovative methods to find the right talent for your business. They don’t limit their search to the home market, they have reach across the entire UK and overseas. The specialist food and drink recruitment experts at Eden Scott have experience recruiting across permanent, graduate, contract, temporary and executive positions.
Their core specialisms include - Production and Operations; Engineering; Technical, Quality and Hygiene; New Product Development; Supply Chain; Packaging; Procurement; Accountancy and Finance; HR and Business Support; Sales and Marketing; Information Technology; and Direct Labour.
They also provide a suite of added value services, which include assessment centres, psychometric testing, marketing and employer branding as well as start-up growth support. For more information, and to arrange a complimentary consultation, please contact your Business Development Manager.
First Achieve Ltd are pleased to offer members preferential rates on their services, in addition, they are pleased to include free of charge psychometric profiling on up to three short listed candidates.
The clear vision at First Achieve is to work closely with clients to ensure that together you agree the right strategy for your business, in sourcing the best calibre candidates.
They are exclusively a Food & Drink related agency, and with over 20 years experience in the industry they are well placed to source for your permanent and interim requirements.
In addition to preferential rates for all Scotland Food & Drink members, they are pleased to include free of charge psychometric profiling on up to three shortlisted candidates.
Focus Food and Drink
Innovative Approach and Fixed Recruitment Cost Model
Focus Food and Drink have partnered with Salesforce.com, the most innovative CRM platform in the world, to launch a recruitment community within the Food and Drink sector. Focus would be delighted to offer a reduced pricing model only and exclusive to fellow Scotland Food & Drink members.
Focus food and drink is a recruitment consultancy specialising in the one of the fastest growing sectors in Scotland. They are taking new innovative ideas and technologies to make Focus Food and Drink a game changer not only from a recruitment point of view but in the land of food and drink as well. This is how they do it….
They have partnered with Salesforce.com, the most innovative CRM platform in the world, to launch a recruitment community within the Food and Drink sector. This provides clients with a cloud based, mobile application, taking recruitment out the inbox and offers a one-stop shop for all hiring needs. It enables a collaborative recruitment process, giving a transparent view at all stages of the recruitment process. You can access this anytime, anywhere and as many times as you like on your PC, tablet or phone. It truly is an amazing platform to complement your recruitment needs.
This application not only changes the way people recruit; it has the ability to be the leading game changer when you are looking to hire. The idea behind this will be to act as an extension to your HR function or can tailored as a standalone system for smaller businesses when they are looking for one hire or number of hires across key disciplines, they can accommodate all.
Focus would be delighted to offer a reduced pricing model only and exclusive to our fellow Scotland Food & Drink members. It has been designed and tailored to suit the growth of the industry across any size of business to give value back to the client.
50% reduction on set up of your client portal giving access for the length of the recruitment process.
Standard recruitment fees are around 15% on base salary. However, they are offering our fellow members a fixed cost model on full recruitment assignments starting from £3k and will be based on salary bandings, giving you flexibility on salary negotiations.
Greenburn specialises in providing organisational development and HR support to a range of companies within Scotland’s Agri-Food sector. Having worked in this sector for over 12 years Greenburn has in-depth knowledge of many of the issues that companies face on a regular basis. Their services are tailored to provide practical solution based support that works.
Greenburn's skills are around the systems and processes needed to employ people, manage people and work with them to ensure they are truly your greatest asset. They provide expert advice on all aspects of employment together with practical support on managing some of the day to day issues you may have already encountered e.g. absenteeism, under-performance, attitude problems, changes in contract etc.
They also provide in-house training for managers and supervisors and team effectiveness workshops for staff using our unique personality profiling system to improve communications, knowledge transfer and general understanding of each other.
Greenburn also offers a bespoke recruitment service to their clients for a very competitive fee.
Greenburn offer members of Scotland Food and Drink the first contact, whether telephone or email, free of charge. If you have an immediate problem, get in touch and let us prove how we can add value to your business.
Street League UK
Street League UK are the UK’s largest sports employability charity.
We use sports and fitness programmes to support young people into further training, education or employment. Through our dance, fitness and football programmes - we have supported thousands of young people into careers with our partner organisations. With a legacy of youth employability, we are able to draw on a unique history of quality provision and work with young people, intrinsic to supporting young people from the communities around your organisations.
We are delighted to offer Scotland Food & Drink members the following benefits;
- FREE half-day consultation on your organisation’s youth agenda (i.e. CSR, charity partnership, recruitment of young people, talent pipelining and community engagement) - FREE upskilling – Modern Apprenticeship programmes designed and offered in a variety of disciplines for existing employees aged 16-24, or hiring new staff as Modern Apprentices - 10% discount on our Corporate Team Building/Motivation days
Denholm offers Employer Brand Consultation
Attracting and retaining the best talent is essential to the growth of your business. We work with Food & Drink companies to help them define the magic of their organisation by identifying the conditions that create employee engagement and desirability.
We help articulate, then implement, their employer brand, aligned to the business vision and share that through appropriate communications channels and tools.
If you’d like a complimentary consultation with our Director of Employer Branding, Elena Wilson and full access to our Employer Brand services, as below, please get in touch:
Employee insight surveys
360 data audit
Employer Brand proposition
Employee Value Proposition
Employee Development plan
Delivering operational and creative support for all projects
Elena Wilson Director of Employer Branding M: 07989 821021
Sales Manager for Hire: David Orr Scotland Food & Drink is delighted to offer its members a day’s free access to an industry expert (worth £450) who can assist in a variety of areas from negotiating with multiple retailers to reviewing sales & marketing strategies and accessing practical skills and know-how.
David Orr has a proven track record working with our members in a number of fields including multiples, foodservice, specialist retail, B2B, wholesale and export.
Highly experienced with over 30 years’ experience in FMCG in Scotland and UK. If you need assistance in:
B2B product development
Free initial meeting to identify needs and objectives.
Hickory would like to extend their food and first class service to members with a number of value added benefits including; 20% discount on venues and 15% off all catering packages.
From intimate boardroom lunches, to hospitality dinners and large-scale corporate events, with Hickory as a preferred caterer, you can be sure of one thing – their food will be as good for your business as it will be on the palate of your guests.
Each member of the kitchen team is passionate about creating dishes that go beyond the expectations of their clients, led by award-winning and highly-regarded Development Chef Robbie Gleave they are totally committed to buying local, seasonal produce, they embrace the Scottish larder and use Scotland Food & Drink members products wherever possible in their menus.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
£250 instead of £350 to join Company Membership with an Introductory Whisky Tasting- The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SMWS are offering Scotland Food & Drink members £100.00 discount on Company Membership of The Society, saving you almost 30%
Whether it's client meetings and business presentations or private dining and whisky tastings, the Society’s Company Membership offers company entertaining with a difference.
And as an active member of the Scotland food and drink community, what better environment than the Society’s four UK Members Rooms in which to conduct your business and pleasure.
Company Membership affords your organisation a variety of benefits including exclusive access, bespoke services, savings and belonging to the world's foremost malt Whisky Club.
3 named Membership Cards.
A bespoke company 'Share Card' offering the flexibility to be circulated to ensure access for all your staff to all SMWS services. Additional cards available for a small fee.
3 Dram Whisky Tasting for 6 people.
4 superb venuesin Edinburgh, Leith and London, including exclusive Member Lounges and award-winning Dining Room restaurant.
Preferential company member rate for private events, available to everyone within your company hosting private events with SMWS.
Access to bottlings both in the venues and online.
10% of your food and drink bill at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh and 78 Northcote Road, London.
Special discounts in SMWS Partner Bars around the world.
Invite to Exclusive Company Society Events throughout the year.
Free subscription to Unfiltered, SMWS award – winning member’s magazine.
Typically, £350 to join, Scotland Food & Drink members come on board for just £250, saving them almost 30%.
A 10% discount on the annual subscription to The Grocer is available to members of Scotland Food & Drink.
Business Health Check Consultation
SGConsultancy has worked with a wide range of small to medium sized businesses on improving their operational performance and ensuring their compliance.
Case studies include implementing a CRM system for Scotland Food & Drink and getting them ready for GDPR, attaining ISO 9001 & 14001 certification for The Evolve Group (creative agency), managing the full implementation of a new lottery funded service for the MS Society Scotland, a time analysis study of the operations of Wallace Financials and others…
SGConsultancy continues to work alongside Scotland Food & Drink and would like to offer its members a free business health check consultation.
This will consist of a run through of what is needed to be compliant and some tips on how to incorporate lean thinking into how to manage your business.
Areas that can be covered are GDPR, Employment Documentation, Health & Safety, Environmental legislation, Quality Management systems and more, depending on what stage your business is at and your growth plans.