Welcome to All About Scotland

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

AHDB is committed to supporting farmers, and we're currently working with partners across Scotland on how best to work with you to improve your business resilience, whatever the future holds.

On the Brexit front we have plenty of tools and resources on our Brexit hub, from our Brexit impact calculator to our resilience checklist. You can submit your own Brexit queries to our experts, as well as accessing all our Horizon reports.

One of our most recent reports looked at the characteristics of those farms classed as the top 25% in terms of performance. I highly recommend giving it a read as it sets out the eight key factors which drive business success – something vital to prioritise in the months and years ahead.

We’re not going it alone when it comes to Brexit. In Scotland, we are working closely with partners such as the Scottish Government, NFUS, QMS and Scotland Food and Drink to ensure the strongest support for the industry through this turbulent time.

We understand that having a professional workforce is vital to improving your business performance. At AHDB we work with a range of organisations in order to help farmers develop and retain current staff, while planning for recruitment of the next generation. In Scotland, particularly through NFUS and Scotland Food and Drink, great strides are being made with the Modern Apprenticeships which were launched initially in Dumfries and in the creation of an online hub for human resource related matters.

Along with our Senior Skills Manager, Tess Howe, I have had a number of positive meetings on how AHDB can help in Scotland. If we can get to a situation where the uptake of business leadership and skills becomes routine, this can only benefit the food and farming sector.

Finally, another area where our success has been largely down to working in partnership has been on our Monitor and Strategic Farms. As you’ll see later in this issue, the Monitor Farm Scotland programme, which we manage with QMS, is moving on apace, and our Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm (supported by institutes such as James Hutton and NIAB CUF, as well as industry partners like Albert Bartlett) really showcases how research can be profitably applied on commercial farms.

Paul Flanagan

Scotland Director and Strategy Director - Dairy

This article is taken from the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of All About Scotland.


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