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
  • Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
    The SAC 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.

  • Farmers Weekly Awards 2014
    Nominations are now open for the 2014 Farmers Weekly Awards.

    The Farmers Weekly Awards recognise and reward farmers for innovation, commitment to the industry and hard work. The Awards showcase the best farmers in the country by telling their stories. They aim to spread best practice, inspire others and influence the public about the role that farmers play in today’s society. The tenth Farmers Weekly awards will take place on 2 October 2014.
  • Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2014
    The Awards, now in their tenth year, complement the work of the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum by encouraging food and drink businesses to be innovative, forward thinking and collaborative and by celebrating excellence and achievement. With some of the best natural produce in the world, the Awards showcase the wide range of food and drink products in the region and the equally diverse profile of businesses, from internationally renowned companies to small innovative producers.

    Simply browse the 12 categories, follow the instructions, complete the application form and email it back by Wednesday 23rd April. The 10th Awards Dinner & Ceremony will take place at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Friday 24th October 2014.
  • 2014 RSBP Nature of Scotland Awards
    The Nature of Scotland Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation. Scotland is renowned worldwide for its beautiful wild places and abundant wildlife. We must work hard to preserve this precious natural heritage, celebrating success stories and protecting that which is under real threat. 2014 Nature of Scotland Awards are now open for entry. Click here for more information and to download an entry form. Entrants will find out if they have reached the shortlist in August at the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament, and the winners will be presented with their awards at a black tie dinner at the prestigious Sheraton Grand Hotel. For any additional information please email or call 0131 317 4100.

    Key dates
    •Deadline to receive entries: 30 May 2014
    •Shortlist announced, Garden Lobby, Scottish Parliament: August 2014
    •Awards presentation dinner, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh: 20 November 2014

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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.