Former rugby player launches real-time recruitment portal and dedicated consultancy for Scotland’s growing food and drink sector
Edinburgh entrepreneur Alan Wallace is to give Scotland’s burgeoning food and drink industry a boost with the launch of a new, dedicated recruitment service which is the first of its kind to roll out a digital portal that connects candidates and employers directly
A dedicated recruitment service for Scotland’s food and drink industry, has been launched today (Tuesday, February 2) in Edinburgh.
The new service, which has been dubbed ‘Focus’ and will offer a bespoke search and selection service to Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers, suppliers and artisan producers, is being rolled out today by Edinburgh entrepreneur Alan Wallace and is the first of its kind to introduce a digital recruitment portal which connects candidates and employers in real-time.
It’s the latest recruitment spin-out to come from professional services recruitment consultancy Edgar Stewart’s business incubator and start-up hub in Stockbridge which, last year, pledged to invest £120k in Scottish recruitment start-ups.
Edgar Stewart has, until now, placed candidates in food and drink roles but, with Focus becoming the latest beneficiary of its investment, it will give way to the start-up, which will provide a niche service for the industry going forward.
Focus’s founding director, Alan, is a former Edinburgh rugby player who has worked his way up in the recruitment industry and now has more than a decade’s experience of matching candidates and employers in the food and drink sector.
An active member of Scotland Food & Drink, the industry’s trade association, Alan has previously provided top tier recruitment services to big name whisky brands such as Glenmorangie and Edrington, as well as placing candidates at the likes of Genius Foods, Bakkavor and Kettle Produce.
He said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring Focus to Scotland’s food and drink industry and look forward to working with many more of its impressive brands, both large and small.
“People are at its heart so I’d love to hear from both candidates and food and drink employers who would like to find out more about the service.
“Together, we can create a bright future for the industry in Scotland – building, of course, on its already strong reputation and position in world markets.
“I’d love to see more Scottish produce exported and hopefully we can help to facilitate some of the recruitment logistics needed to make that happen.
“What’s unique about Focus is that we’ll be helping to connect candidates and employers faster, more easily and more effectively thanks, in part, to our unique client relationship management (CRM) software, which enables us to offer a real-time online recruitment portal.
“Recruitment is, by far, one of the biggest challenges faced by employers today but Focus is well-placed to help them overcome some of the hurdles which can be a barrier to international trade.”
Bruce Hydes, Edgar Stewart’s founding Director, said: “Alan has a really impressive track record in food and drink recruitment so investing in Focus was an easy decision to make.
“We’ve now helped to facilitate two recruitment spin-outs – both Talented designed for SMEs and high-growth start-ups and Focus for food and drink – and we have every faith that they’ll do exceptionally well. Naturally, we look forward to sharing in that success.”
Sophie Fraser, Communications & Marketing Manager at Scotland Food & Drink, added: “With a value of more than £14 billion, the food and drink industry is one of Scotland’s most successful and we welcome businesses who support it. It is important that companies can recruit the talented, skilled people they require to grow. Services such as Focus support companies of all sizes with the recruitment process across the breadth of the sector.”
To find out more about Focus, visit the website.