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Beyond the Boat – Diversifying seafood businesses in 2022

Seafood Scotland has launched an innovation programme to stimulate new seafood tourism initiatives. The pilot will see the trade body work with organisations to explore and support business diversification and to establish new tourism opportunities for the Scottish seafood industry.

The ambition is to inspire seafood organisations to exploit the huge growth in food tourism in Scotland. The programme will encourage Scottish seafood businesses to spread risk by diversifying into new and emerging sectors.

The organisation is ideally looking for seafood businesses with an idea that will:

  • Provide an authentic or innovative experience
  • Tell their story as an engaging and immersive experience
  • Answer a question that customers regularly ask
  • Ultimately increase their revenue

Selected projects will be championed by a dedicated Seafood Scotland mentor and a hand-picked cohort of leading Scottish business and tourism experts, bespoke to each initiative, to impart specialist advice and guidance to help fast track their idea to fruition.

Donna Fordyce, Chief Executive at Seafood Scotland said: “We want to seek out seafood entrepreneurs that have been harbouring a nugget of an idea for business growth within the tourism sector, something that they haven’t had time or resource to explore before now.  We will help them make that idea a reality.

This program is designed to help inspire and ignite seafood tourism in Scotland; a market we know has huge potential and should be an area for growth for the Scottish seafood industry.”

To help inspire Seafood Scotland have created a Tourism Toolkit show casing examples of best practices from Scotland and across the world.

Expected to run for 6 months the mentoring initiative will provide all business mentoring free of charge to the pilot projects reducing the financial pressure for the business ideas, ensuring the projects maximum success in diversifying and developing seafood tourism opportunities in Scotland.

Seafood Scotland is reaching out to the seafood industry, local food groups and regional inshore fishery groups across Scotland to hear all ideas for potential seafood tourism projects, no matter how big or small.

To find out more and sign up for the programme, email karen.galloway@seafoodscotland.org  with a few simple sentences about your seafood tourism idea and a phone number so we can call to find out more.  All enquiries are requested to be submitted by 11th February 2022.  The successful pilots are expected to be announced late February.

 

Media enquiries

Rachel Martin, Clark Communications – rachelm@clarkcommunications.co.uk / 07813 895992
Karen Galloway, Seafood Scotland –karen.galloway@seafoodscotland.org/07966 393973


Seafood Scotland has been awarded £100,000 of funding from the National Transition Training Fund and Skills Development Scotland to support onshore activities of seafood businesses across the country, upskilling and training employees to support company growth.

Delivered by a range of training providers, the ‘Business Improvement Programme’, launched today, will provide bespoke training packages to companies to help support their objectives. Free webinars and funded courses will be available to meet business and team needs and strategic goals.

Companies will have access to over 60 courses covering four key training areas –
1. Upskilling and multiskilling staff – training for employees and teams
2. Career recruitment and retention toolkits for businesses – helping to develop recruitment and retention policies
3. Process automation and business implications
4. Women in Seafood in Scotland

The programme will be delivered to current staff members over the age of 25, using flexible and hybrid methods, such as self-taught online modules and guided virtual sessions. Courses range from fish frying, knife skills and monger training to customer and human resource services, as well as guidance on business planning and strategy.

The National Transition Training Fund was launched in 2020 by Skills Development Scotland following the rise in unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme aims to give individuals the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications to support with employment.

Donna Fordyce, Chief Executive at Seafood Scotland said: “It’s important that the businesses in our onshore seafood sector continue to grow and this funding can help them do just that. With the support received from the National Transition Training Fund and Skills Development Scotland, we will help companies plan their training opportunities and the courses available to them in line with their business objectives.

“The window for this funding is open until March and I would strongly encourage any onshore seafood businesses to take this great opportunity to upskill and train staff without the burden of additional costs.”

Gerry McBride, Strategic Relations Manager – Food & Drink at Skills Development Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to see this valuable work given the green light and now being able to see the positive impact it will have to seafood businesses across Scotland.

“Given all the challenges the sector has been forced to face into over the past two years due to the pandemic and other huge obstacles, everyone recognises the need for businesses to be as agile as possible.

“The programme will enable businesses to retrain, upskill and adapt their workforce to meet the ever-changing requirements of the marketplace and the economic landscape. We’re really looking forward to seeing all this excellent work coming to fruition.”

To find out more and sign up for the programme please visit – https://www.seafoodscotland.org/seafood-business-improvement-programme/

Media enquiries
For further information, contact:
Stephanie Fulton, Clark Communications – stephanie@clarkcommunications.co.uk / 07470906354

Notes to Editors

Seafood Scotland
Seafood from Scotland was set up ‘by the industry for the industry’ in 1999 to increase value of return to the Scottish seafood sector.

Operating worldwide, Seafood Scotland works together with Government agencies such as Scottish Development International to promote the wealth of Scottish seafood to a global trade market. Focusing on restaurant and catering deals, the organisation targets trade buyers, wholesalers, industry influencers and chefs in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle-East and Asia – acting as the conduit between in-country trade markets and Scottish suppliers.

Dealing with all seafood species, Seafood Scotland is a non-political organisation that works throughout the supply chain with fishermen, fish/shellfish farmers, processors, retailers, food service companies, caterers, NGOs and consumers. Seafood Scotland’s strength lies in its hands-on approach, expertise and high credibility within the seafood industry.

www.seafoodscotland.org
@SeafoodScotland

Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are Scotland’s national skills body and contribute to the country’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills.
SDS work with our partners to provide services that deliver the very best outcomes for Scotland’s people, businesses and the economy.

SDS also delivers Scotland’s career service, with professionally qualified careers advisers supporting people of all ages and across Scotland with careers information, advice and guidance. The advisers provide support in every state secondary school in Scotland as well as in our network of careers centres across the country.

National Transition Training Fund (NTTF)
The National Transition Training Fund helps people prepare for a new career. It was launched in 2020 to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by COVID-19. Funded by Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council, the fund offers short sharp training opportunities providing industry-recognised qualifications to help people improve their job prospects. It offers training in areas of labour market growth and is focused primarily on people aged 25 or over who live in Scotland.


Boston – 13th – 15th March 2022

Following the success from previous years Seafood from Scotland pavilion at SENA in Boston, we are delighted to confirm that Seafood Scotland in partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI) are again providing the opportunity for you and other Scottish Seafood companies to be part of the pavilion at SENA 2022

Benefits of exhibiting on the pavilion

The price of the exhibitor package (as detailed below) includes the following:

  • Inclusion on the Seafood from Scotland pavilion constructed by our appointed contractor
  • Market development support from Seafood Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink In-market Specialists (for US and Canada)
  • Use of the seafood bar organised by Seafood Scotland
  • An opportunity to work with a top Scottish chef to showcase your products
  • Invitation to you and guests to the Scottish-North American networking reception on Monday 14th March.
  • Press and PR support from Seafood Scotland
  • Branded graphics for event space
  • Stand equipment including:
    • 3 x spotlights per 9 sq. m.
    • 1 x poseur table and 2 x bar stools per stand (or low table and chairs)
    • 1 x power point per stand (any size)
    • On-site support from Seafood Scotland and SDI staff, together with technical back up for the duration of the show
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Returning again for 2022 – Small Producer Pods

We are offering smaller individual pods that companies who are at the early stages of exporting or are keen to get a foot-hold in the market can book. 


These pods consist of a small seating area with space to promote your organisation. They benefit from being part of the overall pavilion and offer the opportunity to promote your company without the expense of taking a larger area, while also having access to meeting space located on the pavilion.

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Benefits of taking a Small Producer Pod

The price of the exhibitor package (as detailed below) includes the following:

 

  • Inclusion on the Seafood from Scotland pavilion constructed by our appointed contractor
  • Market development support from Seafood Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink In-market Specialists (for US and Canada)
  • Use of the seafood bar organised by Seafood Scotland
  • An opportunity to work with a top Scottish chef to showcase your products
  • Invitation to you and guests to the Scottish-North American networking reception on Monday 14th March.
  • Press and PR support from Seafood Scotland
  • 2 bar stools
  • On-site support from Seafood Scotland and SDI staff, together with technical back up for the duration of the show
  •  Branded graphics for display area

Costs to exhibitors

 
A contribution towards the cost of exhibiting on the stand is outlined below.

Please note this is offered at a much discounted rate and simply covers the hire of the stand space and equipment provided. 

Option One – 9 sqm stand space

 

20% due on receipt of contract

£780 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2022

£3,120 plus VAT

Total cost due

£3,900 plus VAT

 
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Option Two – 12 sqm stand space

 

20% due on receipt of contract

£1,000 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2022

£4,000 plus VAT

Total cost due

£5,000 plus VAT

 
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Option Three – smaller producer stands

 

20% due on receipt of contract

£200 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2022

£800 plus VAT

Total cost due

£1000 plus VAT

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Deadline for all applications and receipt of signed contracts will be Monday 13th December 2021. Below is a contract which you must complete and return to Seafood Scotland by this date.

 

Following receipt of your signed contract, an invoice for a deposit of 20% of space and construction costs will be issued to you by Seafood Scotland.

The remaining balance of 80% will be due for payment on Monday 17th January 2022.

 

Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We sincerely hope you will join the Scottish delegation at this key international seafood trade show and very much look forward to working with you.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Gregor Brown: 

Gregor.Brown@seafoodscotland.org 

07799902519

 

Clare MacDougall: 

Clare.MacDougall@seafoodscotland.org  

07935073262   

 


Las Vegas-based Scottish chef Grant MacPherson is to lead a new Culinary Council on behalf of
Seafood Scotland, the country’s trade marketing body, and Scottish Development International,
Scotland’s international trade and investment agency. The Council will promote the wealth of
Scottish seafood to a global trade market.

 

“Seafood from Scotland is special,” said Chef MacPherson. “To smell the air, taste the sea spray and see first- hand the pristine, cold waters where this seafood is harvested – it inspires an appreciation for the origin of this premiere seafood product.”

 

It is that passion for the place and the product which made MacPherson the perfect choice to lead the Council. Capitalising on the hands-on approach, expertise and high credibility within the seafood industry, Seafood Scotland’s introduction of MacPherson as the leader of a culinary team is the first step in assembling a team of chefs from  Europe, Canada, and the United States.

 

The culinary experts will, collectively, highlight the provenance of Scottish seafood and share their proficiency in preparing everything from smoked salmon to langoustines.

Joining MacPherson on the Seafood Scotland Culinary Council are:

  • Chef John Higgins – Director, Enterprise Leadership Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts; Ambassador, George Brown College, Toronto; and GlobalScot
  • Chef Gary Maclean – Executive Chef at City of Glasgow College & Scotland’s National Chef
  • Chef Stephen Walker – Disney Cruise Line Culinary Director
  • Chef Patrick Schaeffer – Executive Chef of Manhattan’s Tin Building by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
  • Chef Gordon Maybury – Chef at Turnberry Resort, Florida

Scotland boasts over 60 species of seafood and offers a variety of innovative products from whole fish and fillets to value-add portions and special cuts to meet a variety of foodservice needs. The Culinary Council will use its platform to feature the sustainable fishing practices implemented by Scottish seafood producers. Responsible sourcing is a key factor for foodservice operators, chefs and an expectation of customers. Members of the Seafood Scotland Culinary Council will share their own experiences with seafood producers, and their personal experience with valued seafood sources.

 

Clare MacDougall, Seafood Scotland’s Head of Trade Marketing, Middle East, North America and UK said: “Assembling this distinguished team of chefs, many of whom have personal ties to Scotland and have first-hand knowledge of the culture and fishing communities here, provides our Scottish seafood community with a tremendous platform to showcase the versatility and quality of our seafood.”

J-C Jeffrey, one of SDI’s trade specialists based in North America, said: “Scotland’s seafood is globally renowned for its quality. This unique partnership will raise even greater awareness, consideration and adoption of Scottish seafood across international markets, and SDI is thrilled to play its part. Scotland is open for business and my SDI colleagues and I look forward to working with the chefs on the Culinary Council to showcase our very best produce to a discerning US retail and foodservice audience.”

The Culinary Council is a key strand in the US Seafood Market Access Programme, part of the overall Seafood Recovery Plan launched in response to Covid and Brexit by Scotland Food and Drink and Scottish Government. More than 20 producers are being highlighted with £30 million of exports expected over the next three years.

 

 


Seafood Scotland has published its vision for the Scottish seafood sector post-Brexit. Earlier this year it commissioned a wide-ranging report which examined the current state of play, and the hurdles the industry will need to overcome in the months – and years – ahead.

The report concludes that the new UK-EU Trade & Cooperation Agreement presents a clear threat to some sectors of the Scottish seafood industry, whilst providing moderate – but uncertain gains – for others.

It also advocates permanent financial support to ensure that Seafood Scotland is able to undertake more strategic, longer term priorities, instead of applying for project-based support on an annual basis.

On a positive note, the industry retains significant access to quality fish stocks and has well-established markets within the EU and further afield, both factors which will ease recovery. The report also found that that there is a clear impetus within the industry to grow and develop, citing the Seafood Transformation | ONE (opportunitynortheast.com), which aims to grow Scotland’s seafood processing sector turnover by up to £240m, creating over 900 jobs.

Donna Fordyce, Chief Executive of Scottish Seafood, said: “There are glimmers of light that make it easier for the industry to rebuild but overall the post-Brexit trade environment leaves the industry in a more challenging position than it was previously. Nevertheless, we are now firmly focussed on taking forward the key recommendations, including a quality assurance scheme, most likely beginning with nephrops.

“Other focus areas include building a marketing presence in alternative – non-EU – markets; applying best practice from countries such as Iceland and Norway; advocating for expansion of the processing sector, improved management of shellfish stocks; and working towards sustainability becoming an integral part of the supply chain.”


Recommendations for delivering a profitable, sustainable and fair supply chain for the langoustine (nephrops) industry have been published today. The Scottish Nephrops Working Group report highlights the value of the export market to the sector, which was £100 million in 2019.

The Group has set out seven strategies and accompanying recommendations to position quality Scottish langoustine as the number one choice globally. This includes proposals to help recover and develop new markets; to improve efficiency, environmental sustainability and product quality; to encourage investment and innovation; and to increase the information available across the supply chain.

Chair of the Scottish Nephrops Working Group, Uel Morton said, “We commissioned independent research to more fully understand the recent economic challenges facing the sector as well as the best ways to position our world-class produce. There is a strong desire from the catching and processing sectors to build a better and more sustainable future for their industry, which supports Scotland’s climate change ambitions. The recommendation to create a new Programme Board and workstreams provides a mechanism for hands-on industry experts to get involved, taking forward the work that now needs to be done.

“It’s important to acknowledge the invaluable input from Seafood Scotland in getting us to this point. It will continue to have a key role in terms of access to funding and providing coordination across the industry. Looking to the future, the role of Government is also vital, enabling the sector and our coastal communities to deliver a more prosperous future.”

Read the full report here.


2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled Coasts and Waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation from the people of Scotland and our visitors. The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of the year.

Year of Coasts and Waters Micro Local Area Grants

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters, YouthLink Scotland has launched a new small grants programme that will support young people from across Scotland to get involved in the themed year. The Scottish Government funded programme will make grants available to local groups and organisations offering informal learning opportunities for young people to explore the nature, history and culture of Scotland’s lochs, rivers, shorelines and waterways. A total of £45,000 is available. Further details on eligibility criteria, application guidance, and the application form are available here:

https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/year-of-coasts-waters-2020-micro-local-area-grants/  

The closing date for applications is 1.00pm on Friday 14 February 2020

The fund will support community activity related to the four cross-cutting strands of Year of Coasts and Waters 2020:

  • Our Natural Environment & Wildlife;
  • Our Historic Environment & Cultural Heritage;
  • Activities & Adventure;
  • Food & Drink.

Applications must demonstrate how they contribute to the one or more of the programme outcomes:

  • Communities are more aware of their existing assets (culture, heritage, landscape and waters, community based skills, cuisine etc.)
  • Improved community integration and regeneration
  • Enhanced visitor experience during YCW2020 and beyond

Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings. Our coasts and waters are vital elements of our landscape and are greatly valued by communities and visitors alike. Scotland’s diverse coastal scenery, ranging from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to gleaming white beaches, offers an unparalleled range of experiences from water sports to whale watching and island hopping. Our lochs, rivers and canals also play an important part in the visitor experience, offering boat trips, fishing opportunities and activity holidays, while the many nature reserves across the country are home to a tremendous variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our history: from fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power, they have influenced our culture, our stories, our way of life.

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YCW2020 Partner Programme

The YCW2020 Partner Programme will be a non-funded opportunity to align your event with the year and benefit from potential inclusion in Visit Scotland promotional activity.

To get involved, learn more or use logos and assets from the 2020 Year of coasts and waters campaign, you can visit this link and request your free material.

Visitscotland.org/ycw2020


Join the conversation #YCW2020


Boston – 15th – 17th March 2020

Following the success of this year’s Seafood from Scotland pavilion at SENA in Boston, we are delighted to confirm that Seafood Scotland in partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI) are again providing the opportunity for you and other Scottish Seafood companies to be part of the pavilion at SENA 2020

Benefits of exhibiting on the pavilion

The price of the exhibitor package (as detailed below) includes the following:

  • Inclusion on the Seafood from Scotland pavilion constructed by our appointed contractor
  • Market development support from Seafood Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink In-market Specialists (for US and Canada)
  • Use of the seafood bar organised by Seafood Scotland
  • An opportunity to work with a top Scottish chef to showcase your products
  • Invitation to you and guests to the Scottish-North American networking reception on Monday 16th March.
  • Press and PR support from Seafood Scotland
  • Branded graphics for event space
  • Stand equipment including:
    • 3 x spotlights per 9 sq. m.
    • 1 x poseur table and 2 x bar stools per stand (or low table and chairs)
    • 1 x power point per stand (any size)
    • On-site support from Seafood Scotland and SDI staff, together with technical back up for the duration of the show
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Returning again for 2020 – Small producer pods

Following the success of 2019, we are offering smaller individual pods that companies who are at the early stages of exporting or are keen to get a foot-hold in the market can book. 


These pods consist of a small seating area with space to promote your organisation. They benefit from being part of the overall pavilion and offer the opportunity to promote your company without the expense of taking a larger area, while also having access to meeting space located on the pavilion.

SfS-scottish-seas-stalls

Benefits of taking a Small Producer pod

The price of the exhibitor package (as detailed below) includes the following:

 

  • Inclusion on the Seafood from Scotland pavilion constructed by our appointed contractor
  • Market development support from Seafood Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink In-market Specialists (for US and Canada)
  • Use of the seafood bar organised by Seafood Scotland
  • An opportunity to work with a top Scottish chef to showcase your products
  • Invitation to you and guests to the Scottish-North American networking reception on Monday 16th March.
  • Press and PR support from Seafood Scotland
  • 2 bar stools
  • On-site support from Seafood Scotland and SDI staff, together with technical back up for the duration of the show
  •  Branded graphics for display area

Costs to exhibitors

A contribution towards the cost of exhibiting on the stand is outlined below.

Please note this is offered at a much discounted rate and simply covers the hire of the stand space and equipment provided.

 

Option one – 9 sqm stand space

20% due on receipt of contract

£780 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2020

£3,120 plus VAT

Total cost due

£3,900 plus VAT

 
SfS-Loch-lander-salmon-stall

Option two – 12 sqm stand space

20% due on receipt of contract

£1,000 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2020

£4,000 plus VAT

Total cost due

£5,000 plus VAT

 
SfS-Loch-lander-salmon-stall

Option three – smaller producer stands

20% due on receipt of contract

£200 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2020

£800 plus VAT

Total cost due

£1000 plus VAT

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Deadline for all applications and receipt of signed contracts will be Monday 9th December 2019. Below is a contract which you must complete and return to Seafood Scotland by this date.

 

Following receipt of your signed contract, an invoice for a deposit of 20% of space and construction costs will be issued to you by Seafood Scotland.

The remaining balance of 80% will be due for payment on 17th January 2020.

 

Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We sincerely hope you will join the Scottish delegation at this key international seafood trade show and very much look forward to working with you.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Clare MacDougall: 

Clare.MacDougall@seafoodscotland.org  

07935073262   

 

Gregor Brown: 

Gregor.Brown@seafoodscotland.org 

07799902519


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Who is this free event for? 

  • Suppliers and wholesalers looking for new business opportunities
  • Industry looking to understand more about marketing and consumption of seafood
  • Companies looking to meet potential buyers and sellers of Scottish seafood

 View or download Event Flyer here

Join us for a delicious seafood lunch, informative workshop and the opportunity to meet a range of key Scottish wholesale distributors. 

Take home brand new insights around consumer buying habits and consumption challenges for the seafood sector.

Learn more about the importance of Scottish provenance to shoppers and diners in the UK and home markets and the opportunities that these create. 

Clare Dean, Trade Marketing Manager for Seafood Scotland said:

“This is a great opportunity for the Scottish seafood industry and wholesaling sector to come together to understand how they can build stronger opportunities for the future. With great insights from Seafish and Scotland Food and Drink, companies will gain invaluable insights to use back in their businesses.”

This activity if part of the wider Connect Local Project. Connect local is a free advisory service for the local Scottish food and drink sector. It is delivered by a team of experts from SAC, SAOS, Scotland Food & Drink, Seafood Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund


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Market Development Opportunities from Scotland Food & Drink

New Sales Opportunites for your Food and Drink Business

At Scotland Food & Drink, we are committed to helping our members access new routes to market. Our popular Meet the Buyer events offer pre-selected producers the opportunity to pitch to buyers, present their products and explore the opportunity of securing future business.

In partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Brakes Scotland are now offering Scottish food manufacturers the opportunity to present their ranges for two categories – meal solutions and soups.

Commitment to local sourcing is encouraging Brakes to ensure they have the right range for their customers in Scotland. This has led to them listing over 550 Scottish products which are featured in their latest brochure available to customers across Scotland.

Interested businesses that meet the requirements must complete a registration form and successful applicants will be invited to a ‘meet the buyer’ at the Brakes Scotland development kitchens at the Newhouse depot on Monday 29th April.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, want to review the criteria or want to register, please follow the link below.

The registration process will be open until Wednesday 10th April

To learn more about the event click here.

Please contact events@foodanddrink.scot with any queries