If you look hard enough you can even find good news at CBI Scotland. You’ll remember they came out for ‘No’ in 2014 then had to kind of back off when it became apparent they hadn’t properly consulted their members. Their site as a whole is still pretty gloomy but this one report leapt out at me. You’ll get the leaping references soon if the salmon above hasn’t already done so.
On 24th February, CBI Scotland reported:
‘The Scottish food and drink industry is on a high right now, generating an annual turnover of £14.4bn and being lauded the world over as a prime example of the power of innovation, collaboration and quality.’
Current UK Food and Drink exports have reached £20 billion.
Scottish Food and Drink exports account for £5 billion or 25% of the UK figure with only 10% of the population and it’s not all whisky! Here’s what the report says about salmon, just salmon no other seafood included in the figure:
‘Exports surpassed the £500 million threshold for the first time in 2015, making it Scotland’s biggest, and the UK’s second biggest, food export. It directly supports over 2,200 jobs – almost 8% of the food and drink workforce in Scotland.’
Remember, too, many of these jobs are in the more fragile rural economy.