Fife Council has approved a new Food and Drink Sector Action Plan that is set to boost the sector in Fife.
Council members yesterday (9 May) endorsed a new Food and Drink Sector Action Plan designed to support and develop Fife’s food and drink businesses between 2019 and 2023.
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 also revealed 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 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.”