Home Economy Chief Secretary joins Fife firms in Dunfermline to set out growth plans
David Gauke met with Dunfermline businesses before chairing the latest Devolved Administration Finance Minister meeting in Edinburgh and exploring how Government can better support the country’s burgeoning whisky industry
Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke met with Fife businesses yesterday (Tuesday, 14 February) to discuss opportunities and challenges and hear about their future growth plans to help to boost the Scottish and UK economies.
He met with representatives from some of the key sectors driving growth within the Fife economy, including those in insurance, manufacturing, accounting, banking, higher education, distilling and brewing, for a roundtable event at Handelsbanken Dunfermline.
Gauke said: “Fife’s businesses have ambitious plans for the future. The UK government is focusing on raising productivity and creating the right environment for Scottish businesses to flourish.
“The UK government and devolved administrations must continue to work together to maximise opportunities to boost the UK economy and support businesses across the country. I was pleased therefore to meet my ministerial counterparts today to look ahead to Budget and discuss our economic priorities.”
Fife is playing a key part in developing two city deals in Scotland: Edinburgh and South East Scotland; and the Tay Cities. The UK government, working with the Scottish Government and local partners, says it remains on track to agree a city deal with all seven of Scotland’s great cities.
The Chief Secretary’s visit was followed by the latest meeting with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Finance Ministers, which he also attended yesterday in Edinburgh to discuss the economic outlook and the upcoming UK Government Budget.
Gauke later visited the Edinburgh Gin Distillery in the city’s West End to hear how some 70% of the gin consumed in the UK is made in Scotland, while the UK is the world’s largest gin exporter, with more than 200 million bottles being sent to overseas markets each year. He also met with the Scotch Whisky Association to discuss how the UK Government can continue to support the whisky industry in the UK and in export markets.
The business roundtable attendees representing Fife were:
Peter Southcott, Director, Corgi Homeplan Ltd
Alan Mitchell, Chief Executive, Fife Chamber of Commerce
Jim Donnelly, Branch Manager, Handelsbanken Dunfermline
Carol Grant, Customer Service Manager, Reel Service Ltd
David Marriott, Finance Director, Smith Anderson Group
Derek Watson, Quaestor and Factor, University of St Andrews
Andrew Croxford, Partner, Thomson Cooper Accountants
Paul Miller, Founder and Owner, Eden Mill Distillery & Brewery