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Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland's larder - the key to our prosperity?[CLOSED]

Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland's larder - the key to our prosperity?[CLOSED]

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Bank of Scotland
Sponsored by Bank of Scotland

HBJ Gateley
Sponsored by HBJ Gateley

Taste Communications
Sponsored by Taste Communications

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
- 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

10.15 – Learning from the best: what success of the whisky industry can teach us.
David Williamson, Director of Government and Communications, the Scotch Whisky Association

10:35 - The challenges of exporting in a global economy
Carl Paraskevas, Director of Sector Economics, Lloyds Commercial Banking

10:55 - Q&A

11:05 - Networking Brunch sponsored by HBJ Gateley

Session 2: Turning an export strategy into sales
 -  From Loch Fyne to Hong Kong: How Scottish oysters went global
Simon Briggs, Sales Director, Loch Fyne Oysters

12:10 - 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

12:50 - Q&A

13:00 - 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 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

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