Business support

Business support for farmers and growers in Scotland:

  • Producer membership
    Soil Association producer membership gives you unlimited and ongoing access to our full range of support services.
  • Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society  (SAOS)
    Scotland's experts on co-operative and collaborative strategies, structures and management. They provide a comprehensive range of development and consultancy services, supported by The Scottish Government
  • Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
    The SRUC organic farming website is a free information resource for organic farmers and for farmers thinking about converting to organic.
  • Scottish Government 'Organic web site' 
    The Scottish Government has worked with stakeholders through the Scottish Organic Forum to develop an Organic Action Plan (published March 2011). The Action Plan reflects the shared agenda for the sector, with actions being taken forward by all parties concerned with growing the organic food and drink supply chain in Scotland.
  • Scottish Rural Development Programme  
    The SRDP is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, utilising some €680m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding plus Scottish Government match funding.
  • Scotland Food and Drink
    Scotland Food & Drink, established in 2007, is a not-for-profit organisation that was created to guide food and drink companies of all sizes towards increased profitability.

  • British Farming Awards 2014
    The British Farming Awards focus on British farmers discovering inspiring stories of people who have changed what they do and how they do it. The Awards will reward the extraordinary breed of farmers who have made their business a success through sheer determination, grit and foresight. Whether you have grown your farming business through an innovative approach, re-invented your business, developed a new agricultural input or piece of machinery, have initiated a new approach to livestock or crop production, or adopted and adapted new research and technology – with 3 weeks to go, why not enter or nominate now! The awards welcome individual entries but also nominations – entries close on 31st July.

  • Scotch Beef Farm of the Year 2014/15
    The Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award is now entering its third year and the search is on for beef producers who are showcasing and developing best practice as well as playing an exemplary role in Scottish beef farming. The overall 2014/15 winner of the competition, run by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), will receive a fabulous cash prize and the now well-established title of Scotch Beef Farm of the Year. Applications are also sought from others working in the industry who can nominate a farm, or farms, they feel merits the award. Deadline for applications and nominations is 24th July. The award will be presented at AgriScot at Ingliston on Wednesday 19th November. To register your interest and receive further information and an application form please email or call QMS on 0131 472 4122. To be eligible the farm must be a member of the QMS Farm Assurance Scheme - full details of eligibility available on application.

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Contact us

Contact Lyn White,
Agricultural Development Manager
on 0131 666 0847 or email or call the Scottish Office 0131 666 2474.