Independent bakeries in Scotland are benefitting from £125,000 to help small food retailers face the challenges posed by bigger chains.
The Scottish Government funding has been shared among 34 independent and family-run bakers across Scotland.
Administered by Scottish Bakers, the grant scheme is helping businesses modernise facilities, improve energy efficiency and reduce waste.
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said:
“Over recent years small bakeries have faced increasing pressures, particularly from competition from bigger chains and economic uncertainty. This support will help bakers invest in their facilities, reduce waste and improve energy efficiency within their businesses.
“It is wonderful to see how this scheme is helping to ensure the future of independent and family-run bakeries which play such a key role in our villages, towns and cities across Scotland.”
Alasdair Smith, Scottish Bakers Chief Executive, said:
“Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade for over 125 years, and our members continue to innovate and provide skilled employment on our High Streets. What unites them is their constant drive to go further and do better.”
Scottish Bakers is a membership organisation which represents and promotes the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.