Co-operative Development Scot- land has unveiled the three winners of its inaugural £30,000 Collaboration Prize. The three winning concepts each receive a cash prize of £5000 and up to £5000 of support.
The aim is to encourage businesses to consider collaboration and pitch their ideas for a new consortium. The three winners are: Music Co-operative Scotland, Screen Facilities Scotland and three farmers from Dumfries and Galloway.
The farming businesses – Annanwater Organics near Lockerbie, Barlochan Highland Beef near Castle Douglas and Clash Farm, Port Logan, Stranraer – formed a new consortium. They will be an e-commerce business to market and sell their range of slow-grown meats. They plan to launch the business early in 2013. Yet to be named, the new consortium will sell high quality produce that includes organic Blackface hogget and mutton, pedigree Highland beef and pedigree Saddleback pork. It will sell directly to consumers, retailers and restaurants.