£125k fund for equipment announced.
A new scheme has been launched to provide grant funding to help bakers across Scotland to buy or modernise their equipment.
The £125k Scottish Bakers Grant Scheme will be made available to small family-run or independent businesses. Welcoming the announcement, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“Small, independent bakers have an important role to play in Scotland, providing skilled jobs in communities and shops in our town centres.
“The Scottish Government is proud to support them to provide modern healthy food-to-go facilities, with a focus on reducing waste.
“We want to enable businesses to become more efficient in their use of energy and resources, which should reduce costs whilst contributing towards our ambitious climate change reduction targets.
“This is part of our wider efforts to continue the success of Scotland’s Food and Drink sector – helping it to double in value by 2030.
“We want more food to be sourced and produced locally, including Scotland’s delicious baked goods, which is good news for producer and consumer alike.”
Scottish Bakers Chief Executive Alasdair Smith commented:
"This fund will provide vital funding to support bakers, allowing them to invest in their businesses for the future and helping them to meet the needs of the changing modern highstreet.
"Scottish bakers are skilled crafts people baking fresh goods daily and many of our members are stalwarts of our high streets and communities. And of course a strong bakery sector is also good for Scotland Plc supporting 12,000 jobs securing the future of our much loved daily bread, savoury snacks and sweet treats."