Seafood Future Leaders Programme
Seafood Scotland has developed a Seafood Future Leaders Programme in partnership with Skills Development Scotland who have provided the funds, Scottish Enterprise’s core leadership programme and Opportunity North.
We are looking to develop future leaders of not only the business they operate in but also future leaders of the industry.
The programme will start late April running until September (excluding the summer holidays) and will be a variety of workshops and masterclasses with topics including leadership, productivity, innovation, new business models and resilience, the political environment, coaching and media training. The programme will also end with an exciting learning journey to Iceland to look at the innovation the supply chain has undertaken there.
This pilot programme including the learning journey would be fully paid (excluding meals). Future programmes would not be fully funded.
Places are very limited.
We will be holding a taster session on the 31st March at 2pm and you can register to attend with this link
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch of Marine Fund Scotland
Investments and jobs in seafood sectors, the marine environment and coastal communities will be supported through a new marine fund.
Marine Fund Scotland (MFS) replaces the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), following the UK’s exit from the EU. The EMFF supported the sustainable growth of the marine economy in coastal communities, in sectors such as fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing.
The EMFF has committed over £96 million to coastal communities across Scotland since it opened in 2016. It is now closed for new applications, but will continue paying grants until 2023.
The MFS has a one year budget of £14 million, meaning all projects must be completed by 31st March 2022.
Announcing the fund, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“MFS will replace the outgoing EMFF and support growth in our Blue Economy, provide vital investment in the Scottish marine industries and seafood sectors and protect jobs and livelihoods in our coastal communities at a time when many are facing acute hardship due to Brexit and the pandemic.”
The Marine Fund Scotland for an initial period will operate on the basis of Expressions of Interest (EOI) to allow them to assess and engage with initial proposals for projects. The fund is being launched under the Blue Economy policy approach and the developing Blue Economy Action Plan (BEAP). Projects which best fit with the new approach will be invited to submit an full application and supporting documents. After this initial phase they will move directly to online applications.
The Expression of Interest Form does not form part of the formal application process for grant funding under the Marine Fund Scotland. Any response to an Expression of Interest Form does not confirm the acceptance or otherwise of any related application for funding.
All details can be found here
Alternative Business Models for Exporting Seafood from Scotland
Wednesday 31st March 2.00 -3.30 UK Time
Brexit has changed the way that Seafood Businesses have to work and many are facing new issues with regard to non-tariff barriers and import VAT. Businesses may have to change their business models particularly around invoicing, importing, Import VAT and Sales VAT. One option they may need to consider is to have their own representation in France.
This Webinar will detail the different types of French Business Entities, how they need to be set up and owner responsibilities when running an entity in France.
Examples of considerations might be
- Can you sell to your own business in France which will be the importer and reclaim Import VAT?
- If your business is in France and selling to the EU what are the Sales VAT implications?
- How can you distribute profits from your French business back to the UK?
To be clear, this webinar will focus solely on the commercial process and will in no way involve setting up processing facilities in France.
We have assembled a panel of expert speakers from the local French business community including, investment, legal and logistical sectors.
The agenda is shown below:
1) Taylor Calon, Representative of Seafood Scotland in Boulogne (Introduction, welcome and presentation of the webinar)
2) Alastair Kennedy, (Technical Consultant Seafood Scotland for Brexit)
3) Artus Galiay, Nord France Invest, Representant of Northern France Region in the UK
4) Brigitte Lucas, Attorney at Law BDO Avocats
5) Eric Morchain, Copromer/Delanchy Transport, Manager for UK related issues
The speakers would welcome the submission of any questions you may have on this topic in advance. Please email these to email@example.com
To register for this event please click here
Subsidy control: designing a new approach for the UK Consultation
Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK has the freedom to design a new domestic subsidy control regime that reflects our strategic interests and particular national circumstances.
The government aims to deliver a regime that:
- facilitates strategic interventions to support government priorities, including supporting the economy’s recovery from COVID-19
- takes account of the economic needs of the UK’s individual nations and strengthens the economic bonds of our Union
- protects the UK’s competitive and dynamic market economy
- ensures that subsidies in the UK are given in line with our international commitments including those in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)
This consultation invites views on the best way to design a bespoke approach to subsidy control. The government is seeking thoughts on any additions to the principles underpinning the regime, as well as any subsidies which should be excluded from the commitments to these principles. We are also asking for views on how to best manage the most distortive kinds of subsidies, in addition to opinions on the role and powers of the independent body that will oversee the regime.
Subject to stakeholder views, and any evidence received as part of this consultation, the government will bring forward primary legislation to establish in domestic law a subsidy control system that works for the entirety of the UK.
The consultation comes to an end on 31st March and would encourage everyone to respond giving the restrictions the sector had within the European subsidy structure.
The consultation can be found here
Recruitment for a replacement In-Market Specialist in France
In-Market Food and Drink Specialist C4 (FRA21.097)
External & Internal Campaign
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an In-Market Food and Drink Specialist in Paris. This is a full-time permanent contract. We strongly encourage any internal candidates who are interested in the role to apply, including current employees, interns and spouses/partners of UK-based staff at Post. If you decide to apply, please make sure to identify yourself as a current employee/intern or spouse/partner of UK-based staff in the application form.
The purpose of the job is to increase and widen on-the-ground support available to Scottish companies operating in the Food and Drink industry, who have the ambition, capacity and capability to export their products and/or services into Europe and specifically into France. Additionally, to identify new opportunities and trends from the region and communicate these to Scottish companies.
For further details on this vacancy and information on how to apply, please follow the link on the FCDO Local Staff Vacancies Homepage.
Application Deadline: 13th April 2021
Referrals: If you know anyone with similar qualifications that could fit this role, we would like to encourage you to inform them about this opportunity.
New Live Bivalve Molluscs and Scallop impact survey launches
A survey has been launched by the Scottish Government, to understand the impact of the barrier to trade in exporting Live Bivalve Molluscs (LBM’s) (including Scallops) to the European Union and/or Northern Ireland.
Live Bivalve Molluscs, such as scallops, cockles, mussels and oysters, which have been harvested from either unclassified, or non-class A waters which cannot be verified by certifying officers, as fit for human consumption at the point of export, cannot be exported to the EU or NI, as there is a permanent barrier to trade, and cannot be provided with an EHC*.
The survey, which runs until 16 April, goes through a series of questions to identify if your business could be affected by this barrier to trade. While we expect the impact to be small for the Scottish seafood industry there is a need to understand the scale of this issue.
The survey results will be used to provide Marine Scotland with a greater understanding of the scale this barrier to trade will have on Scottish businesses and inform any further considerations of appropriate mitigation.
For further information or if you are having difficulties accessing the survey please email: Louise.Pellfirstname.lastname@example.org and provide your company name and email address.
* This does not affect the export of part grown live bivalve molluscs to the EU for further ongrowing on aquaculture sites. The Fish Health Inspectorate will continue to issue certificates for this trade.
Live Bivalve Molluscs – Survey
Border Control Post Easter opening hours
BCPs at French ports will be operating their normal opening hours over the Easter weekend. Please note the live animal centre at Calais which inspects day old chicks does not operate 24/7 but from 0800-1800 and exporters need to book an appointment in advance.
The BCP at the Hoek of Holland (live poultry) will be closed on the following dates due to national holidays: 4th, 5th, 27th of April and 13th, 23rd, 24th of May.
At Rotterdam you are advised to check Easter opening times with the inspection centres that handle your goods.
The Academy Scotland Food & Drink – Accelerated Growth Programme
Accelerating Growth is for producers who are already trading with a multiple account and seeking to take their business to the next level. It’s about building a deeper knowledge of strategy and market planning and learning how to drive competitive advantage in an ever-evolving marketplace.
Best practice learnings and personalised one-to-one coaching by experienced commercial specialists will provide you with channel specific, company relevant recommendations to support the development of a tailored and actionable growth plan for your business.
- 4 modules
- Live, virtual workshops
- Tailored one-to-one support from hand-picked business coach
- Best practice guides
- Peer to peer learning
Application closing date
The deadline for applications for cohort one is Sunday 4 April, however we will be receiving applications continuously for future cohorts.
Who is this programme for?
Accelerating Growth is aimed producers already trading with a multiple account, seeking to take their business to the next level and ultimately identify and unlock opportunities to increase their penetration and sales in UK markets.
What knowledge and skills will I gain from the programme?
Accelerating Growth will take your understanding of the wider market opportunities to the next level, allowing you to identify and consider growth opportunities both in existing and new markets.
You’ll receive expert-level intelligence of current retail and foodservice market dynamics and how to utilise research, data and insight to gain a deep understanding of new markets, and when to adapt your offering to suit a new market you plan to enter.
How to maximise supply chain efficiencies at a national level and a deep dive into the approaches to commercial management will allow you to develop a more strategic commercial relationship with customers and buyers. You’ll finish the programme with confidence about building your plans for growth outside your current core market.
For further information, please click here