Haggis firm to expand through grant

Haggis producer Macsween of Edinburgh has announced it has secured a £400,000 grant from the Scottish Government as part of Scotland’s Rural Development Programme.

The money will support the development of a new packing facility adjacent to Macsween’s existing site from a grant which was one of 16 awarded under round five of the Food Processing and Co-operation Scheme.

Macsween’s James Macsween said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has seen fit to award us this grant, worth some 30% of our total project costs, to expand our manufacturing facility in Edinburgh. This will really help us to meet the growing, all-year demand for our haggis from discerning customers throughout the UK, who value its quality and taste. We will also be creating 12 jobs within the year, as this facility will allow us to take on more business with new and existing customers.”

The award is also said to recognise Macsween’s proactive approach to environmental management across the business, which has seen it significantly reduce waste volumes over the past three years, moving towards a zero landfill target.

Grants through the National Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Grants Scheme are available to build or refurbish premises, purchase new equipment, support marketing and business development and encourage collaboration. A total of £60m is to be awarded over five years, along with £10m through the Processing and Marketing Grant Scheme in the European Fisheries Fund, and £5m through the Marketing Development Scheme.

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