5/23/2018 10:30:47 AM News

HIE at Aquaculture UK 2018 in Aviemore

Aquaculture UK 2018

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will be in Aviemore this week to offer advice and support to businesses working in the aquaculture sector.

The economic and community development agency will host a stand at Aquaculture UK 2018 on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May, along with Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise and Marine Scotland.

SMAS will offer advice and support on business improvement for aquaculture related companies, both in process and business models, and in organisational culture.

The UK’s largest aquaculture exhibition and conference provides direct access to buyers and suppliers from all over the globe representing every aspect of the aquaculture industry.

All major countries will be represented by exhibitors and visitors at the event which is now in its 12th year and is the most important aquaculture event in Britain.

HIE shares the ambitions of this important industry for sustainable growth and recognises that innovation plays an essential part in delivering sustainable growth.

Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at HIE will give a short talk about the Accelerating Aquaculture Innovation Programme which will be part of a workshop run by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

The programme, which is led by HIE and delivered in partnership with SAIC, offers small to medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity of match funding to help commercialise innovative new processes, products, services or technologies.

The programme has the potential to boost the aquaculture industry turnover in the region by £8m and create up to 50 new jobs.

Aquaculture is a priority sector for HIE and of growing importance to Scotland’s economy. There are many opportunities for developing the indigenous aquaculture supply sector both for domestic and overseas markets and HIE can provide support for businesses looking to maximise this growth.

Elaine Jamieson, said: “We have supported the aquaculture industry since its inception. This has allowed many aquaculture projects to develop, such as the research and development initiative at Scalloway to test the commercial feasibility of producing seed mussels. This project could offer huge opportunities in the future.

“This important industry, which includes a broad supply chain, provides vital jobs across Scotland, particularly in rural parts of the Highlands and Islands. We look forward to welcoming people to our stand at Aquaculture UK and discussing areas of interest.”