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The EU referendum and Scotland - looking forward

The EU referendum, Scotland

[First posted July 2016]

The political turmoil of the last few weeks has seen some big changes as to the future of the UK, both economically, politically and socially. Despite the uncertainty it has been fantastic to witness Catering Mark holders’ continued commitment to deliver high standards of food in schools, hospitals, universities, workplaces and more across Scotland.

As we move into the post EU referendum period and see how the Scottish Government’s intent to keep Scotland in the EU affects the situation, there will undoubtedly be major changes. We are committed to working closely with all of our award holders to help shape the future of food served outside of the home. We can maintain and build upon the positive food change that we have already made.

Over the coming months, we’ll be keeping you updated on developments and insights as we learn about them and on our work to ensure that we – as the Catering Mark team, Soil Association Scotland and Soil Association Certification – support you in this uncertain period.

Please do share your concerns and thoughts on any opportunities with us and our team of Development Managers and Certification Officers. Whilst definitive answers on many of the key issues are still some way off, you can help shape our research, response and action over the coming months. We need your input to help our influencing and thinking. Ultimately it will help to guide our policy ‘asks’ and to create an award that improves food for both caterer and consumer.

We will of course keep you updated on our own actions and the insight and information that relevant bodies within the sector are sharing with us.

Many thanks,

Martin Sawyer
Chief Executive, Soil Association Certification
and
Laura Stewart
Director, Soil Association Scotland

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