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6 July 2009

Stevenson Welcomes Scottish Government Investment In Banff & Buchan Companies

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has warmly welcomed the announcement that two companies in Banff & Buchan will receive Scottish Government funds as part of the money awarded in the latest round of National Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Grants. Grampian Oat Products of Banff are set to receive £89,141 towards construction of a new warehouse and packing area, while Aberdeen & Northern Eggs of Strichen will receive £292,120 towards an upgrade of their facilities and equipment.

The funding is part of £3.3 million that has been awarded nationally in this latest round of grants and aims to help agricultural businesses expand and become more efficient and successful despite the current economic downturn.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am delighted that of the 16 companies across Scotland that will receive grants under this round of funding, two of them are based in Banff & Buchan. This is a clear demonstration of the Scottish Government’s determination to help rural business in this constituency and across Scotland.

“It is also a clear sign of the ambition that these two companies have for the future that they have received these grants towards upgrading their operations. It is an extremely pleasing sign for the area and everyone involved in rural businesses.

“While I know that the Scottish Government is not complacent about the need to continually support our rural businesses and the communities that rely on them, I think today’s announcement demonstrates the Scottish Government’s determination to provide that support and I look forward to the positive impact that these grants will have.”

Note:

A full list of companies that will receive grants under this round of funding can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/granttimetable/awardsjuly2009
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