Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland's larder - the key to our prosperity?
Scotland’s food and drink sector is the fastest growing industry in the country – and could be the key to our future prosperity.
Recent food and drink export goals were met six years ahead of schedule with a 52% increase in exports between 2007 and 2012.
The new Scotland Food and Drink Export Plan aims to build on this success by focussing on15 key markets, making food and drink as well known internationally as whisky. But with this ambition come challenges as well as opportunities.
The Scotsman Conferences third annual food and drink conference will examine what needs to happen here in Scotland to realise the full potential of an industry that now exports over £6 billion a year.
Once again, the Scotsman event will be the signature conference of Scotland’s annual Food and Drink Fortnight.
08:45 - Registration, coffee & home baking from The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
09:15 - Welcome from the chair
Stephen Jardine, Founder, Taste Communications
09:25 - Introduction
Graham Blair, Area Director, Bank of Scotland
Session 1: Setting the scene: Tomorrow, the world: Scotland’s export potential
09:35 - Keynote address: Tomorrow, the world: Scotland’s export potential
James Withers, Chief Executive, Scottish Food and Drink
09:55 - Keynote address: Creating the conditions for growth
Claire Baker MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and co-covenor of the Scottish Parliament cross party group on Food
10:15 – The challenges of exporting in a global economy
Carl Paraskevas, Director of Sector Economics, Lloyds Commercial Banking
10:40 - Q&A
11:00 - Networking Brunch sponsored by HBJ Gateley
Session 2: Turning an export strategy into sales
11:45 – From Loch Fyne to Hong Kong: how Scottish oysters went global
Simon Briggs, Sales Director, Loch Fyne Oysters
12:05 – How a family business can make its mark in the world
Alex Nicol, Founder, Spencerfield Spirits
12:30 – Getting your export strategy right
Andrew Ley, Partner, HBJ Gateley
12:55 – Q&A
13:10 - Close and final remarks
Please note the agenda may be subject to change.
Information and fees
We are pleased to offer the best value conference rates in Scotland
Delegate Rate: £120.00 + VAT
Fees include refreshments, networking brunch from The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant and exclusive access to the Post Conference Reports.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give the team a call on: 0131 247 6785
To book your place please click here.
The Scotsman Conferences are half day events. Registration will be from 8.30am. The conference will draw to a close at approximately 1.15pm and be followed by a networking brunch.
Key Speaker: To be confirmed
Venue: The Scottish National Gallery (Map Details)
Time: 09 September 2014, at 08:30