The Isle brewery is targeting growth

Five Kingdoms Brewery on the Isle of Whithorn is among the first cohort of businesses to sign up to The Academy.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 12:39 pm
Five Kingdoms Brewery is looking to the future
Five Kingdoms Brewery is looking to the future

The Academy is a new and unique training initiative to help food and drink businesses targeting growth, after the industry was one of the hardest hit by Covid-19 and Brexit.

Open to food and drink businesses of all sizes and ambition, a series of programmes are being delivered by Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and training experts Levercliff Associates.

The three training programmes - Seeding Growth, Accelerating Growth and Commercial Excellence – have been designed to support companies at various stages in their development.

The Academy programmes are the first major investment from the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership’s £5m Recovery Plan which is supported by The Scottish Government. It will run for two and a half years and aims to support over 200 Scottish businesses.

Five Kingdoms are kickstarting their growth journey by joining the Seeding Growth programme.

Seeding Growth, which runs for twelve weeks, is aimed at companies whose primary focus is maximising their local markets and are beginning to consider opportunities in the broader Scottish marketplace.

Alastair Scoular, managing director at Five Kingdoms, said: "Covid has devastated both our businesses with huge drops in revenue, effectively stalling much of our original plans.

"However, it forced us to have more time to think about our future plans and how we intend to take the businesses forward. It has made us explore different possible development ideas and opened up new opportunities.

“This has included a joint large investment in a complete refurbishment of the business and we have now relaunched as effectively a totally new style operation.

"One of these has been joining Scotland Food & Drink and we are excited about the potential for working with them, and in particular the opportunities we see with The Academy.

“My vision is that the programme will give us the foundations and skills that we need to allow us to continue to build and develop our post pandemic business.

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