Foulden farm business awarded £70,000 to upgrade its facilities

A Foulden business has been awarded over £70,000 by the Scottish Government to carry out improvements.

Friday, 15th February 2019, 08:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 16:13 pm
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Organic farm business Cayley Walton Partners, which operates at Peelham Farm, was awarded £70,761.

It will be used to improve efficiency, add value more effectively and improve conditions for their employees in their dry age beef production cutting plant, where equipment is now over ten years old and is ‘creaking at the seams a bit’, admits managing partner Denise Walton.

Eighteen food production businesses across Scotland will share £6million of funding to enable them to invest in infrastructure, upgrade or replace facilities, and purchase new equipment, safeguarding 345 jobs, and creating 156 new ones across the country.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Food and drink continues to be one of Scotland’s success stories of recent years, with a turnover of more than £13.9 billion last year – and directly employing more than 110,000 people across the country.

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“And the Scottish Government is doing everything we can to support the sector’s long-term ambition to double in value to £30 billion in the next 12 years.

“The FPMC (Food processing, Marketing and Co-operation) grant scheme is an important part of that ambition, using joint Scottish Government and European Union funding to give local businesses a helping hand, which will ensure the long-term viability of our primary producers, and maximise export markets for our fantastic Scottish produce.”

Meanwhile, Eyemouth-based D R Collin, which employs 197 people and supplies fresh fish and live shellfish to Spain, Italy and France, is in 83rd spot in the 10th annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table ranking Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales with total sales of £49.8million.