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Tourist tax consultation set to close, but what could the impact be?
Stuart McCallum

29 November 2019

The outcome of the ‘tourist tax’ consultation will be eagerly watched by many in the leisure and hospitality sectors. But this concern also stretches across into the food and drink sector which has embraced the appeal of provenance for Scottish brands and the sector has expanded in the experiential with activities, such as whisky and gin distillery tours.

Proposed 25 per cent tariffs is a blow to the scotch whisky sector
Stuart McCallum

03 October 2019

The latest announcement to move towards a 25 per cent tariff between the EU and US on scotch whisky is a significant blow for the sector, which has been somewhat caught in the cross fire of retaliation regarding the Airbus WTO ruling.

It's boomtime for Scottish tourism but will the good times last?
Stuart McCallum

06 June 2019

Last year, Scotland welcomed a record number of international visitors, domestic tourism ticked upwards and total overnight stays rose by a healthy 3 per cent. But while the latest visitor numbers from Visit Scotland are encouraging, tourist spending is down and new threats are coming into view.

Craft Spirits – what are they and why are they so popular?

09 October 2018

There is a craft spirit movement which is exciting for the Scottish drink scene. This movement is epitomized by new innovations and product types challenging traditional perceptions.

Zero tariff deal welcome news for Scottish whisky industry
Stuart McCallum

27 July 2018

The latest agreement to move towards a ‘zero tariff deal’ between the EU and US will be welcome news to the Scottish whisky industry. Stuart McCallum, RSM’s head of food and drink in Scotland comments.

Innovation missing from Scottish manifesto pledges for the food and drink sector
Stuart McCallum

07 June 2017

When you look at each manifesto for the Scottish parties, it’s good to see that food and drink is a prominent sector – highlighting its importance to support the future growth of the Scottish economy.

Stuart McCallum

Partner, Head of Food and Drink

Stuart works within the business advisory team in Glasgow where he supports clients strategic plans/growth aspirations.

RSM responds to Scotland Food and Drink strategy
Stuart McCallum

27 March 2017

Responding to Scotland Food and Drink’s 2030 vision, Stuart McCallum, RSM’s head of food and drink team in Scotland, said: ‘Scotland Food and Drink’s new strategic plan for the sector builds on the momentum of the previous framework.

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