Benefits

Scotland Food & Drink offers a comprehensive range of benefits and services specifically for members, over and above the wider industry representation function that it also performs. Each benefit is carefully designed to provide food and drink of all sizes with the help and support that will give them competitive edge and help save money.

In addition to our member benefit offering outlined in our member benefit brochure, Scotland Food & Drink:

  • Host a range of networking, trade and Meet the Buyer events which allow producers and retailers to interact and engage with new customers.
  • Provides market intelligence to give you a competitive edge.
  • Leads the Scottish food and drink industry's future strategy, which means that members can help shape the future of the food and drink industry in Scotland.

For more information on membership or any of the benefits available to Scotland Food & Drink members, contact Linda Chirnside by email or call 0131 335 0940.

Benefits available exclusively to members include:

Access to Experts

  • Sales Manager for Hire - David Orr - Scotland Food & Drink is delighted to offer its members a day’s free access to an industry expert (worth £450) who can assist in a variety of areas from negotiating with multiple retailers to reviewing sales & marketing strategies and accessing practical skills and know-how. 
  • Discounted Delegate Price for Customer Management Intensives – Hawthorn Business Group - Does the management of the major retailers cause you challenges? Do you feel powerless in the negotiations with the big retailers? 
  • Retail, Ready, Review - Ross & Brown Food & Drink Consultants Ltd - Ross & Brown are offering a ‘free of charge’ review of your brands readiness for new markets and effectiveness in current markets. 
  • Discount on Day Rate - Sampling Scotland - Sampling Scotland would like to offer members a day rate reduction of 17%.
  • Free Half-Day Consulting Review - Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie - Family businesses often exhibit great potential yet face unique challenges. The aim of the half day review is to provide a no-obligation opportunity for family business owners and family members to share aspirations and concerns for their business now and in the future.

Accountants & Financial Benefits

  • Cloud Accounting Software and Set-Up/Conversion from Your Existing Accounting System – French Duncan LLP - Cloud accounting software and set-up / conversion from your existing accounting system: this special offer will provide you with a FREE set up.
  • Grant Funding Consultation - French Duncan LLP - French Duncan offer members a free grant funding consultation.
  • Complimentary Business Growth Consultation - Grant Thornton UK - Grant Thornton UK offers members a complimentary face-to-face consultation where they'll work with you to identify the challenges and opportunities facing your business and help you map out your strategy for growth.
  • Free VAT Healthcheck and Free Place at Business Leaders Group - Henderson Loggie - Henderson Loggie also offers members a free full day place at their Business Leaders Group for managing directors, business owners and senior directors who want to develop their strategic development and implementation skills in a confidential and trusting environment.
  • Research & Development Tax Relief/Cash Back - Johnston Carmichael - R&D Tax Relief is a UK Government tax incentive to encourage more research and development work to be undertaken by UK businesses.
  • Growth Funding - Johnston Carmichael - Johnston Carmichael are working with a number of food and drink companies to assist them with debt funding, mezzanine loan funding, business angel and/or other equity funding.
  • Three Months Free - KPMG Small Business Accounting - KPMG Small Business Accounting is a low, monthly fixed fee accounting service for food and beverage businesses. 

Additional Benefits

  • Discount on Catering Services – Hickory Food - Hickory would like to extend their food and first class service to members with a number of value added benefits including; 20% discount on venues and 15% off all catering packages.
  • Free Join Corporate Membership - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - SMWS are offering Scotland Food & Drink members ZERO joining fee on corporate membership of the Society, saving you almost 50%.
  • Discounted Subscription to The Grocer – The Grocer - A 10% discount on the annual subscription to The Grocer is available to members of Scotland Food & Drink. 
  • Discount on Locker-Style Vending Machines - Vending by JSR - Vending by JSR would like to offer a £500 discount to Scotland Food & Drink members. This would be off any size or style of machine

Business Insurance Solutions

  • Insurance Benefit - Bruce Stevenson - As members of Scotland’s Food & Drink we can offer members with a complete Risk Management service including Health & Safety policy preparation, risk assessments and Employment Law support.
  • Tailored Insurance Solutions – CCRS Brokers Ltd - CCRS Brokers Ltd are a truly independent, owner managed Insurance Broker who understand the requirements and risks facing clients within the food and drink sector. 
  • Risk Management Services - NFU Mutual - Members of Scotland Food & Drink are entitled to a 10% discount off health and safety services provided by NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd (RMS).
  • Global Insurance Programmes and Risk Advisory Services - Willis Ltd - Willis is a global insurance broker and risk advisor with a network of 400 offices in 120 countries, allowing them to service clients wherever they operate.

Distribution Solutions

  • Distribution Support and Tailored Rates - JBT Distribution Ltd - JBT Ltd is the leading haulage company operating throughout Scotland with depots in Inverness, Aberdeen, Bathgate, East Kilbride, Orkney and Shetland.

Environmental Benefits

  • Free Initial Business Case Document - HWEnergy - HWEnergy has focused exclusively on commercial biomass heating systems since 2003 and is one of the UK’s leading wood fuel heat specialists offering a full turnkey service.
  • Free Site Consultation & Maintenance Review – KCP Ltd - KCP Ltd provide material transfer solutions to your environmental maintenance, manufacturing and production process problems. 
  • Low Carbon, Waste, & Energy Efficiency Projects - Shepherd and Wedderburn - Shepherd and Wedderburn are currently offering a free consultation to share this experience with any members who are currently considering or initiating a “Low Carbon” or “Green” project.
  • Resource Efficient Scotland - Resource Efficient Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund to provide Scottish SMEs with free expertise and access to funding to help them save money on their energy, water, raw materials and waste and to reduce their environmental impact.

Legal Assistance

  • Free Health & Safety / Regulatory Compliance Audit - Anderson Strathern LLP - Anderson Strathern is one of Scotland’s leading law firms and provides specialist health and safety advice to a large number of UK organisations, many of whom are in the food and drink sector. 
  • Free Legal Health-Check - Anderson Strathern LLP - Anderson Strathern are offering members, whether businesses or business owners, a free legal healthcheck of up to an hour and a half’s duration.
  • Contracts Workshop - Brodies LLP - Brodies LLP's informal sessions will be bespoke to each member as required, they will be held in Brodies offices and are provided free of charge.
  • Guide to Doing Business Online - Brodies LLP - Brodies LLP are offering members of Scotland Food & Drink support when starting a new website.
  • Health & Safety and Employment Law Solutions - Citation Professional Solutions - Citation is offering Scotland Food & Drink members Health & Safety and Employment Law solutions. 
  • IP Consultation - Lawrie IP - Lawrie IP are specialist intellectual property advisors. They have a team of experienced patent and trade mark attorneys offering a full range of IP services in relation to patents, trade marks, designs and copyright.
  • Free Legal Advice - Maclay Murray & Spens - All members of Scotland Food & Drink are entitled to one hour’s free legal advice with top legal firm Maclay Murray & Spens. 
  • 24/7 Emergency Response - MacRoberts LLP - John McGovern from MacRoberts LLP provides a 24/7 emergency response for businesses dealing with a sudden, major incident.
  • Start Up Support - Morisons LLP - Start Ups… Morisons LLP are getting on your journey…
  • Legal Advice - Shepherd and Wedderburn - Shepherd and Wedderburn's in-depth knowledge of this sector allows them to understand the constant challenges faced by food and drink businesses.

Marketing, Branding, Photography and Videography

  • Food Photography & Videography - Nick Callaghan Photography - Nick Callaghan loves talking to chefs and food producers, photographing food, and capturing the manufacturing process in stills or video. 
  • Offshoot Design - Fresh Thinking – Discount, advice and support for funding - Offshoot creates eye-catching brand identities, stylish print and digital collateral and engaging packaging.
  • Free Review and Initial Concept Design - Oui3 Design - You talk, Oui3 will listen. You ask, Oui3 will advise. You challenge, Oui3 will provide answers. Brand communications that works, packaging design that captivates. Oui3 will provide members will a free review and initial concept design and won’t charge anyone until they are 100% satisified with what is produced.

Packaging Advice

  • No Obligation Review Of Packaging - Boxshop - Boxshop are delighted to offer fellow SF&D members a no obligation review of packaging.
  • Free Packaging Evaluation - InnPac Ltd - Innovative solutions to reduce your packaging costs.
  • Packaging Advice - Murray Packaging - Ian Murray is happy in the first instance to give telephone advice, before arranging a visit to his showroom where you can see the machinery in operation, or a site visit – whichever would benefit you most.

PR Support

  • Free PR Health-Check - 3X1 Public Relations - 3x1 is one of Scotland’s largest PR, media training and public affairs consultancies based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 
  • Introduction to PR - Scene & Herd PR & Marketing - Scene & Herd PR & Marketing are offering members an introductory PR and Marketing package for small businesses.

Recruitment Help

  • Helping Select the Best People for Your Business – Aspen People - Aspen People Ltd is a boutique executive search firm working in partnership with a broad range of clients.
  • Recruitment Services & Salary Overview – DR Newitt - DR Newitt are offering members of Scotland Food & Drink preferential rates for exclusive business. They also offer a free salary overview for your business.
  • Bespoke Recruitment Solutions – Eden Scott - Eden Scott is a dedicated food and drink recruitment business that has placed professionals across the length and breadth of Scotland. 
  • Free Client Relationship Management Portal - Edgar Stewart - Edgar Stewart are delighted to be able to offer you (as a valued fellow member of Scotland Food & Drink) access to their unique recruitment portal free of charge when you partner with them exclusively.
  • Psychometric Profiling - First Achieve Ltd - First Achieve Ltd are pleased to offer members preferential rates on their services, in addition, they are pleased to include free of charge psychometric profiling on up to three short listed candidates.
  • Innovative Approach and Fixed Recruitment Cost Model - Focus Food and Drink - Focus Food and Drink have partnered with Salesforce.com, the most innovative CRM platform in the world, to launch a recruitment community within the Food and Drink sector. Focus would be delighted to offer a reduced pricing model only and exclusive to fellow Scotland Food & Drink members.

Technical Assistance

  • Discounted Rates on All BRC and MSC Audits - Acoura - Scotland Food & Drink members receive preferential 20% introductory and 10% ongoing renewal discounts on all of Acoura’s BRC (Food and Storage and Distribution) and MSC audits.
  • Free Production and Processing Review - Foodmek Ltd - On request, Foodmek will provide to all Scotland Food & Drink members a half day consultation at your premises, outlining current best practice and available technologies.
  • Discount on Training Courses and Free Consultation - Outsource Solution Ltd - Scotland Food & Drink Members receive 15% discount on all training courses over the value of £500 per person. 30 minutes free consultation is offered to all Members.
  • Access to Research and Development Expertise in Food, Nutrition, Diet and Health - QMU - The Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation offers companies expertise in the translation and application of nutritional science to support commercially successful research and development within the food and drink industry.
  • Food Nutritional Labelling Service - The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health - Members of Scotland Food & Drink are eligible for 15% discount.

Utility Savings

  • Preferential Water & Waste Water Rates - Business Stream - Scotland Food & Drink are delighted to announce we have agreed a deal with Business Stream for our members to access a great deal on water and waste water.
  • Gas, Electricity, Water and Telecoms Savings - Business Cost Consultants - Business Cost Consultants provide a comprehensive service, including energy procurement, billing management, energy and water consumption reduction, annual reports, management of the installation of new supplies and supplier dispute resolution services.
  • Energy, Gas and Water Savings - Powerful Allies - Powerful Allies aim to save members of Scotland Food & Drink energy costs. Powerful Allies always meet clients, where they deliver worthwhile cost savings for electricity, gas and water.

Web, Ecommerce and Social Media

  • Your Website Viewed on Mobiles - Shaw Marketing and Design - Shaw Marketing and Design, based in Edinburgh and Lerwick, will offer Scotland Food & Drink members a free review of their website, specifically with respect to the site being viewed on mobile devices.
  • Social Media Surgery - LUX - The Food & Drink Agency - Social media is among the world’s most powerful marketing tools. 
  • Technology Funding - Morsum - Morsum will provide a technology funding offer of up to £30,000 to selected members.

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