Food producers asked to show ‘can-do’ spirit

Enterprise Mash Up

An ‘Enterprise Mash-Up’ is being held on 20th April at Drygate Brewing Company in Glasgow to explore how Scottish small businesses in the food and drink sectors can collaborate to thrive in a global market.

Iain Scott, of event organiser Can Do Places, explained: “Perhaps you produce food or drink and want to shout louder about how these things create a sense of identity. Maybe you have your own angle on this from a completely different aspect of enterprise. It is important that we highlight the role that food and drink plays in creating a strong sense of identity and look at the future opportunities and threats.”

Scotland Food & Drink Project Manager Fiona Richmond added: “Scotland is increasingly recognised as a land of food and drink around the world. The quality of our offering is important but we have a wealth of stories to communicate to consumers about producers, their traditions and skill as well as the natural environment from which our food and drink is borne. Provenance is important and research shows that telling the story about the origin of our food can command a premium.”

The event will cover a wide range of other aspects on why place matters. Among the highlights will be an exhibition of projects carried out by students from West College Scotland. Delegates will also hear from Dublin-born architect, musician and artist George Boyle. She has been described as a “quixotic, determined, cryptic, liberal architect and earth-mother – in a hat”. Boyle will talk about how design has to transcend the practical and economic to fulfill its full purpose.

The event will also present a range of inspiring ‘can do’ stories from a range of sectors, including food and drink, and will find out about a revolutionary platform designed to allow teenagers to exhibit their talents around the whole of the country.