Connecting Business – Growing Opportunities

Developing agri-sector business opportunities in Scotland and Ireland

The special relationship between Ireland and Scotland runs deep, both culturally and economically.  Separated at their narrowest point by only 19 km (12 miles), the sister nations share a rich cultural heritage and a history of making its fortune from the land.


While this over reliance on farming has perhaps lessoned giving way to new industries such as FinTech, the agriculture sector in Scotland and Ireland is still the most important indigenous industry. Over 77,000 people are directly employed in agriculture in Scotland with a staggering 8.6% of the working population working in the agri-sector in Ireland.


It is therefore no surprise that the forthcoming Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Scotland will include a specific focus on the food and farming industry.   As experts in this field, Represent is pleased to be working with Enterprise Ireland to help shape the debate and bring to the table key representatives from the sector.


Partnering with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), and Causeway a round table event with key agriculture sector representatives will take place on 27th September in Edinburgh.   The group will see leaders from both sides of the Irish Sea debate how best to build a resilient sector post Brexit along with other topics facing the modern farmer including climate change, rising energy costs, food security and rural decline.


In an industry built around innovation, the expert panel will consider what can be done to encourage collaboration, build business links and enhance agriculture advancement across both sides of the Irish sea.


The importance of such discussions cannot be underestimated with significant economic links at stake.  Scottish exports to Ireland exceed £1.1 billion and Irish-owned companies achieved record exports to Scotland last year. 


As negotiations for Brexit gather pace, it is imperative that the flow of trade, investment and tourism continues.  The group will look at ways in which the agriculture sector in Scotland and Ireland can work together to support these ties as the countdown to 29th March 2019 – the date the UK will leave the EU - approaches.


A key takeout of the session will be what does the future look like and how can the sector embrace change and work together for future prosperity.


Becoming a resilient farmer is also the focus for a forthcoming tour by Doug Avery, supported by RHASS and RSABITaking place throughout Scotland during September and October, the free-to-attend events entitled Drought, Adversity and breaking New Ground will seek to engage farmers the length and breadth of the country on this important issue.


After extreme drought, battles with mental health and his business facing financial difficulties, Doug made some life changing decisions that saved him and his business. His insights will give inspiration to anyone looking or needing to change their approach to business and/or life. 


If you would like to be involved in future round table discussions or learn more about agricultural events supported by Represent,The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland or Causeway, please get in touch with Causeway and Represent.

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