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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.

Research, development and innovation in the food and drink sector
Stuart McCallum

12 September 2019

In this webinar, Stuart McCallum and James Tetley, two RSM partners whose sector experience has been built over many years by serving the needs of their food and drink clients, talk through the innovation trends currently taking place in the industry and give some examples of how some of these activities can qualify for R&D tax relief.

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.

Scotland food and drink

15 August 2018

The food and drink industry in Scotland is booming following 10 years of growth. The sector is working towards a shared objective to double the value of the industry to £30billion by 2030. Collaboration continues to be critical, from farm to plate, to position food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry at home and abroad. Discover what lies ahead, in the views of industry experts.

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.

Get ready for Industry 4.0
Mike Thornton

Industry 4.0 is not just about embracing new digital technologies. Firms also need the right processes, policies and people to drive change. Discover the critical actions you should take to embed digital change across your firm.

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.

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