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September 2020

Scotland Food and Drink announced support for Regional Food Groups around the country and it was great to be involved in putting together the successful bid for Appetite for Angus as well as attending the Beer & Berries festival during #ScotFoodFort20, representing the group and spreading the word about what it aims to achieve.

Appetite for Angus at Beer & Berries Festival, Hospitalfield, Arbroath Sept 2020

I’ve started getting more involved in the Smart Village Scotland project at GrowBiz so this month involved a lot of work getting up to speed on that as the existing project manager steps back, and bringing the latest Smart Village, Perthshire Adventure, an innovative group of adventure providers in Highland Perthshire, to launch at the end of the month.

August 2020

Whilst things are still very difficult in many areas of the economy, there are some green shoots of recovery in others as lockdown has eased and some semblance of normality has started to emerge. There is certainly evidence from within our own client base of organisations realising that for the foreseeable future this is the “new normal” and projects which have been on hold getting under way.

At Supply Chain Scotland, this has meant progressing a process and systems review for Ooni, the market leaders in outdoor pizza ovens, and providing some mentoring for a KTP associate at Abertay University.

The REDS project also continued apace with the Directory going live towards the end of the month. Check it out here.

July 2020

Something a little different this month as we undertook a project investigating subcontract manufacturer options for a fast-growing sauerkraut brand. This involved firstly finding out the peculiarities of the manufacturing process, and researching the market to identify potential partners, before engaging with them. Then having established those with interest, capability and capacity, creating a tender/briefing document and collating the results before feeding back to the client.

As well as continuing work on the REDS project, with focus on the Crowdfunder activity, I also managed to have a week on holiday in Gairloch, playing my own part in directly boosting the rural economy!

Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) logo - a GrowBiz project

June 2020

All areas of the economy have been badly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis and lockdown of society, but the rural economy has been particularly hard hit, with a reliance on tourism business that stopped entirely, and a higher proportion of micro businesses and self employed than in the rest of the country.

GrowBiz launched an ambitious multifaceted project aimed at supporting rural organisations across Scotland which I have been project managing, the Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) project. Lots of activity on that in June, along with supporting rural clients to access the available Covid funding schemes and adapt their businesses where possible.

May 2020

The Coronavirus Covid19 crisis has disrupted global supply chains considerably, with high profile failures in global manufacturing, some consumer goods (notably toilet roll, flour and pasta) and PPE equipment for healthcare and essential workers.

As well as those high profile cases, large swings in demand and supply at local level are having considerable impact as some businesses continue to operate while others are closed. Consumer demand has also undergone massive changes as countries impose lockdowns and shopping habits change.

As lockdowns are eased and some form of normality resumes, demand fluctuations are likely to continue and some of the changes in consumer habits may not be reversed. Keeping closely engaged with customers and suppliers is crucial, and adopting strategies that allow you to be agile and respond quickly to changes will pay dividends.

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to review your supply chain resilience and perform some supply chain mapping. We can help guide you or facilitate that – get in touch if you’d like to discuss it.

April 2020

Business Gateway Tayside asked me to host a webinar on the Supply Chain impact of the Coronavirus crisis. There were a wide range of attendees from across Scotland and further afield. I presented some content on supply chain risk and resilience, dealing with demand and supply challenges, and the importance of planning during times of great uncertainty, followed by a Q&A session. A copy of the slides is available here.

March 2020

I’ve been working with Appetite for Angus, a new group advocating food producers, food tourism and hospitality in the Angus region. Some of this is brand awareness and marketing activity but there are also workstreams looking at shared distribution and shortening supply chains to engage local consumers and producers.

February 2020

Something a bit different, I’ve spent a few days last month and this month with Clan Pods helping review their operations and advising on prioritisation, as part of Business Gateway’s Expert Help service. Interesting project and people, with some ambitious and innovative plans, it will be fascinating to see how they develop.

Also managed to squeeze in a great week skiing in the Alps 🙂

January 2020

Happy New Year! Some new networking for the new year (and decade), joined the Perth 100 and attended some GrowBiz and Business Gateway events. Always good to meet people and make connections.

December 2019

Surprised and pleased to be featured in The [Dundee] Courier this month, nice to get a bit of good PR!

November 2019

Honoured and pleased to be asked to be on the panel for Sancroft International’s discussion relating to their recent report on supply chain disruption and sustainability, alongside Supply Chain leaders from the fashion and publishing industries. With a mix of attendees from the financial, sustainabilty reporting and other sectors it was a lively and varied discussion, really interesting to be involved and add my thoughts and experience to the conversation.

Also joined GrowBiz‘s award winning mentoring program this month, and upskilled myself on digital manufacturing at the University of Strathclyde National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

October 2019

Although it’s been in development for a couple of months, October saw the launch of Supply Chain Scotland – an exciting time!