Scotland Food & Drink Conference 2017.

Scotland Food & Drink Conference 2017.

ACT (UK) Construction Ltd attended the Scotland Food & Drink Annual Conference 2017 earlier this year.

Our firm is the only construction company that is a member of Scotland Food & Drink. The leadership organisation is working to grow the value of the industry to £30 billion by 2030.

The annual conference, which was held at DoubleTree Hilton in Glasgow, was a chance to hear the latest on the 2030 strategy (#scotfood2030) from James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food & Drink.

Delegates, who enjoyed networking, a lunch and drinks, also heard from Andrew Niven, Strategic Market Intelligence at Scotland Food & Drink, and Rick Allison, UK Market Analyst at Scotland Food & Drink.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was in attendance and underlined her support for the initiative.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the conference.

Ken Godsman, managing director of ACT, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Scotland Food & Drink initiative and we look forward to playing our part in helping to grow the value of the industry.

“Of course, we all enjoyed the opportunity to network with people we already know and to meet others that we did not know.

“We are proud of being the only construction company that has membership of Scotland Food & Drink.”

ACT staff enjoyed the event.

What is Scotland Food & Drink #2030 vision?

Ambition 2030 is a strategy that aims to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry. Food and drink has been Scotland’s best performing sector in recent years, with record export figures and sales at home increasing rapidly too.

The sector is worth £14.4 billion annually, with 119,000 people who work directly in the industry. Food manufacturing in Scotland is growing at twice the rate of the UK average for the sector.

Ambition 2030 establishes a vision to cement food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry, with the opportunity to more than double turnover in the sector to reach £30 billion by 2030.

The strategy focuses on three areas:

People and Skills: Raising attractiveness of the industry as a career destination and investing in the existing workforce.

Supply Chain: Ensuring farmers, fishermen, manufacturers and buyers work in closer partnership, to ensure greater profitability is shared across the industry.

Innovation: Embracing a new culture of developing products and processes to drive growth.

See Scotland Food & Drink.