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Showcasing Fife’s top businesses

FIFE Council is working together with the business community to showcase the wealth of successful companies in the Kingdom.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Executive spokesperson for Business, Enterprise, Economy & Planning visited Quaker Oats in Cupar recently to find out more about the business and their plans for the future.

Quaker is a well-known global brand producing a range of products including the breakfast favourite porridge.

The company has been milling oats for over a century and although it has premises in different countries around the world, their main factory is in Cupar.

Originally there were only 30 workers in the factory and oat production was predominantly in winter, whilst now there are 258 workers and the factory runs 24/7 all year round.

The company also invests heavily in developing techniques in oat growing and emerging technologies in oat milling.

The visit to the locally based company is one of a series for Cllr Laird who has been visiting businesses in the Kingdom this year as part of a programme targeting major employers.

Over the past few months, she’s visited a wide range of different companies in a range of sectors of industry including a Dunfermline-based company leading the way in out of hours pet care called Vets Now and Samsung Heavy Industries.
Councillor Laird said: “Fife Council is committed to supporting businesses in the Kingdom and making Fife the best place to do business.

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for me to visit some of the businesses – big and small – which really help to showcase success and highlight just how many different types of business exist in Fife.

“I was delighted to visit Quaker in Cupar and hear of their ongoing commitment to Fife and the continued progress they are making.

“I was also interested to hear their development plans for the business for next year and beyond.

“I’m looking forward to visiting many more successful Fife businesses next year and hearing about their exciting plans as well as talking to them about how the council can continue to help support them thrive and grow.”

 

(Picture: Left to Right in photo at Quaker: Mark Allen, General Manager, Cllr Lesley Laird, Dorothy Smith, Assistant Economic Advisor, Fife Council, Duncan Lowe, Capital / Commercial Change Manager)

 

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