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Council Approves Plan to Grow Food and Drink in Fife

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Council members today approved a new Food and Drink Sector Action Plan that is set to boost the sector in Fife.

Members endorsed a new Food and Drink Sector Action Plan that is designed to support and develop Fife’s food and drink businesses 2019 - 2023, and to boost growth locally, nationally and internationally.

The Fife Food and Drink Action Plan will involve working with large, global businesses located in Fife, whilst seeking to increase the capacity of small and micro-businesses. It is set to addresses the challenges facing the industry locally, focusing on growth opportunities.

Food and drink is key to economic growth in Fife, especially in rural areas, and the new Action Plan is set to untap potential and provide a significant boost to the Fife economy.

A recent study (Economic Development Capability Study) also reveals that the sector’s strength is a major factor in the health of other economic sectors, such as manufacturing, retail and tourism, and is a significant contributor to rural communities.

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener - Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “The council and its partners are committed to building on Fife’s strengths and will work with national agencies, including Scotland Food & Drink, to promote Fife’s food and drink capability.

“The new Action Plan will ensure that business support is available from Fife Council and its partners to ensure that Fife Food and Drink companies - of all sizes - are fully supported.”

“The council and its partners remain fluid and agile, and committed to supporting businesses in the face turbulent economic times, and external factors, such as Brexit and other unknown trade issues. We are proactively working to raise awareness with businesses about possible impacts of a new trading relationship to encourage them to engage in the “Prepare for Brexit” campaign, and access the self-assessment toolkit guidance, and associated grant funding.”

£135,000 from the existing Economic Development budget has been allocated to support the Food & Drink Sector Action Plan, per annum. Funding has been aligned to support the sector such as: Trade Development, Financial Incentive Schemes and Digital Boost Programmes, Business Gateway Expert Help Services, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Growth Specialist Services.

The Action Plan has been developed in response to the findings in a recent Economic Development Capability Study 2018 and supports the Fife Economic Strategy 2017 – 2027.

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