Scotch Whisky and government working together
19 Jul 2016
Collaboration vital in a time of change
The Scotch Whisky industry has emphasised its commitment to
working with the Scottish Government to the benefit of the wider
Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) chief executive David Frost met
with Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary Rural Economy and
Connectivity, this month to discuss current challenges and
opportunities. Such collaboration between industry and government
is particularly important during such a time of change brought
about by the outcome of the EU referendum.
Scotch Whisky production plays a vital role in rural communities
across Scotland. Distilleries are a source of jobs in areas that
might otherwise find it hard to sustain them, and are strongly
aligned with wider tourism activities in rural economies. More than
7,000 workers in the Scotch Whisky industry are employed in rural
communities. And Scotch Whisky is a key competitive strength
for the Scottish economy and in particular its exports.
But the SWA said more can always be done to support the rural
economy, and boost the food and drink industry, so close
collaboration with government is necessary.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary Rural Economy and
Connectivity, said: "We remain focused on pursuing all available
options to keep Scotland in the EU, and that means working closely
with vital industries like the whisky sector to ensure that we seek
to protect their and Scotland's interests. We are looking to
develop a regular dialogue with the industry to find solutions and
answers as we navigate this uncharted territory."
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"We had a very worthwhile meeting with Cabinet Secretary Fergus
Ewing. I welcome the Scottish Government's intention to
consult consistently with the Scotch Whisky industry, so that we
can both work to support the wider economy and sustain jobs during
this uncertain period. Such dialogue is particularly
important as Brexit negotiations begin, so I am glad we agreed to
meet on a regular basis."
For more information on the SWA visit www.scotch-whisky.org.uk
and follow us on Twitter @ScotchWhiskySWA
With queries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head of
communications, Tel 0131 222 9230/07432 605385, firstname.lastname@example.org