£190k boost for Go Local

Support continues for Scottish scheme

Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon.
Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon.

THE Scottish Government has approved the fourth phase of the Go Local scheme aimed at encouraging c-stores to stock up on Scottish produce.

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) programme has been allocated a further £190,000 to be distributed across at least 40 geographically and demographically diverse stores.

The latest round of funding will build upon the aim to support convenience stores the length and breadth of Scotland to provide dedicated, long-term display space for locally sourced Scottish products.

The target is to increase the turnover of locally and nationally produced Scottish products within the convenience store sector and to aid economic recovery for Scottish manufacturers and producers.

The success of the scheme, run with Scotland Food & Drink, significantly contributes towards promoting a sustainable and prosperous convenience industry in Scotland.

Applications for the next round of Go Local funding opened on 1 March and will close on 31 May.

Producers will also benefit from a “meet the buyer” opportunity at the SGF Annual Conference in October.

ScotGov rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “The widespread participation from local producers and store owners is a testament to the success of this programme.

“It is encouraging to see an increase in shelf space for Scottish produce and a growth of nearly 40% in the sale of eligible products.”

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema added: “Local convenience stores are at the very heart of their communities and perfectly placed to support our wonderful local producers and suppliers across Scotland.

“By supporting retailers and helping them offer their customers high-quality, locally sourced, fresh and healthier food, convenience stores are a key driver in growing their local economy – benefiting everyone from customers to producers.”

Scotland Food & Drink chief executive Iain Baxter said: “The convenience sector is a critical part of Scotland’s food and drink landscape, both for producers and consumers.

“Having Scottish products front and centre in community-based stores across the country provides an excellent platform to celebrate and support the very best that the industry has to offer.”