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Food & Drink

These resources have been selected to provide information on the Food & Drink industry in Scotland. Your local Business Gateway office can help you connect with other organisations and support networks to help you further your idea or business.

Food and Drink Federation Scotland

Representing the food and drink manufacturing industry in Scotland.

Quality Meat Scotland

Quality Meat Scotland's core function is to work with the Scottish red meat industry to improve its efficiency and profitability and to maximise its contribution to Scotland's economy.

Seafood Scotland

Seafood Scotland is a trade organisation set up in 1999 by the main representatives of the Scottish seafood industry.

Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) promotes, protects and represents the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and around the world.

Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS)

SAOS are Scotland’s experts on co-operative and collaborative strategies, structures and management.

The Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers represents the interests of the UK’s largest baking companies who manufacture sliced and wrapped bread, bakery snacks and other bread products.

Scottish Bakers

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then it has represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.

NFU Scotland

NFU promotes and protects the interests of the Scottish farming industry.

Scotland Food and Drink

Scotland Food & Drink is the industry leadership organisation tasked with driving responsible growth for the sector and building Scotland’s global reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

Food & Drink Federation Scotland

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.

Visit Scotland

Helping tourism businesses across Scotland with a wide range of support and services.

Food Standards Scotland

Industry specific advice whatever your food business type.

UK Hospitality

UK Hospitality is the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector – covering everything from bars, coffee shops, contract catering, hotels, nightclubs, visitor attractions and other leisure venues.

Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers (ASSC)

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) is the leading source of knowledge on short-term letting and holiday homes in Scotland. The ASSC is the only trade body representing the interests of the traditional self-catering sector. It has more than 650 Members, operating in excess of 7,000 self-catering properties throughout Scotland, from city centre apartments, to rural cottages, to lodges and chalets, to castles.

The Society of Independent Brewers

SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.

The Brewers Association of Scotland

The Brewers’ Association of Scotland (TBAS) exists to grow the value and reputation of the Scottish brewing industry.

Scottish Craft Brewers

A group of amateur brewers from throughout Scotland who share these aims of furthering the development of Craft Brewing.

Scottish Distillers Association

The Scottish Distillers Association is the representative body for distillers in Scotland. Our object is to promote the craft of distilling and protect Scotland’s reputation as a worldwide centre of excellence in the production of distilled spirits.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association

The WSTA represents over 300 companies producing, importing, exporting, transporting and selling wines and spirits in the United Kingdom.

The British Retail Consortium

The go-to trade association for all UK retailers, promoting the story of retail, shaping debates and influencing the issues that matter to the industry.

The Guild of Fine Foods

At the heart of the fine food world since 1995, the Guild supports and promotes speciality food producers and the independent delis, farm shops and food halls that sustain them.

Scottish Fisherman's Federation

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) was formed in 1973 to preserve and promote the collective interests of Scotland’s fishermen’s associations.

Seafish Scotland

Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body set up to support the £10 billion UK seafood industry.

Scotland's Aquaculture

Aquaculture is an industry of growing importance in Scotland providing valuable jobs and income for the economy.

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

SAIC connects industry with academia, supporting collaboration on key sector issues and opportunities, and helping drive growth towards 2030.

Scottish Seaweed Industry Association

The SSIA is a forum for all industry voices, and people with any interest in this emerging sector.

Association of Convenience Stores

The Association of Convenience Stores is the voice of over 33,500 local shops, supporting our members through effective lobbying, comprehensive advice and innovative networking opportunities.

Scottish Grocers Federation

SGF is the national trade association for the convenience store industry in Scotland. It is the authoritative voice for the industry to both policy makers and the media.

British Fruit Juice Association

The BFJA provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, networking, up-skilling and resource-sharing amongst businesses working in the juice industry.

British Soft Drinks Association

The British Soft Drinks Association represents UK producers of soft drinks, including carbonated drinks, still and dilutable drinks, fruit juices and bottled waters.

Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G)

OF&G is committed to being at the heart of the organic sector, serving and supporting every organic business in the UK.

British Beer & Pub Association

We champion issues that matter to the beer and pub industry. These are causes our members are passionate about; whether it's promoting beer as the nation’s drink, or campaigning against increases to beer duty and businesses rates that are so damaging to community pubs.

Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA)

Founded in 1880 The Scottish Licensed Trade Association is the only national organisation which represents all sectors of the Scottish Licensed Trade Industry.

Scottish Beer & Pub Association

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Scotland’s brewers and pub companies.

British Coffee Association

We represent UK coffee to foster a favourable environment for all aspects of the industry and its culture to thrive.

Shellfish Association of Great Britain

We are the industry's trade body based at Fishmongers' Hall, by kind permission of the Fishmongers' Company, one of London's oldest livery companies, which is also home to the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, in the City of London.

Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers

The Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers (ASSG) is a Scottish Trade Association, to help promote a thriving, sustainable and lively shellfish industry throughout Scotland.

DigitalBoost – Digital Skills and Training for SMEs

Helping businesses across Scotland with free advice, workshops, 1:1 expert support, online tools, guides and a quick healthcheck to assess your digital strengths and weaknesses.

Scottish Government – Business Support

Guidance on the policies and interventions in place to support Scottish SMEs.

Healthy Working Lives

Healthy Working Lives is the place to come to if you are an employer in Scotland looking for workplace health, safety and wellbeing information.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Support agency for the Northern regions of Scotland which focusses on Innovation, trading internationally, funding/investment, skills development and more.

Scottish Enterprise

Focussed on assisting businesses who are looking to accelerate and grow through exporting, developing products and services, funding and business development.

Scotland IS

From innovative technology start-ups and global online service businesses that are transforming our lives to the universities that train our skilled people, ScotlandIS has developed a thriving membership and community for the economic benefit of everyone.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. They contribute to Scotland’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills.

Business Loans Scotland

Loans from 25K to 100K for new and growing Scottish SMEs.

Young Scot – National Youth Arts Fund

Grants to nurture creative talent in young people aged between 14 and 20 years old.

Zero Waste Scotland

Support, funding, campaigns and other interventions to help people and businesses reduce waste and be more efficient with resources.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Funding projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Just Enterprise

Just Enterprise is a consortium formed from Scotland's key social enterprise support agencies. Collectively, they are able to provide expert Start Up, Business Support, Business Recovery, Procurement, Leadership and Learning Services, to third sector organisations across the length and breadth of the country.

Princes Trust Scotland

Every young person should have the chance to succeed. PTS help young people in Scotland get into education, jobs and start businesses.

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Women’s Business Centre

Led by Women’s Enterprise Scotland this centre is to help women achieve their business aspirations, make connections, up-skill and get support.