Food & Drink

Food & Drink

The Scottish food and drink sector is renowned throughout the world due to the extensive array of products and producers who draw on our natural resources. With an estimated economic impact of £10bn a year, it is a key economic driver of the Scottish economy.

Whilst its major profile has undoubtedly been created by the success of such brands as Scotch whisky, Scottish salmon, Scotch beef and the odd sweet-toothed delicacy, there are an abundance of medium scale and smaller artisan producers in Scotland which have yet to fully exploit their potential.

With opportunities for growth there are challenges to be overcome including: the increase in commodity prices; lack of availability of funding; increasing cost of compliance with regulatory requirements and availability of skilled workforce.

With a significant number of clients operating within the food and drink sector French Duncan has a full complement of mainstream and specialist services which are scalable, from the smallest start-up to major international processors and exporters, to assist management teams in delivering on their strategy.

Aside from delivering on the core requirements for ongoing compliance whether it is on audit, accounts preparation or tax work, our team has assisted clients in areas such as; a capital allowance claim for the introduction of a new bottling hall for a major international whisky business; business planning and fundraising support for a UK-wide food manufacturing business; VAT and duty advice to major alcoholic drinks groups and assistance to a variety of UK and international businesses with both RSA and Food Processing Marketing and Co-operation Grant applications.

We can help you with:

  • preparation of financial budgets
  • strategic planning
  • business acquisitions and disposals
  • capital allowance reviews
  • audit and accountancy compliance
  • tax compliance
  • tax planning, corporate and personal
  • business valuations
  • corporate advisory - fundraising, due diligence, executing sale mandates


Meet some of our Food & Drink specialists:

Paula  Galloway

Paula Galloway
Partner & Head of Audit
0141 221 2984

Greg  Callan

Greg Callan
Partner & Head of Entrepreneurial Services
01786 451745

Barry  Laurie

Barry Laurie
0131 225 6366

Anne  Laverock

Anne Laverock
Senior Tax Manager
0141 221 2984

Graeme  Smith

Graeme Smith
Corporate Advisory Senior Manager
0141 221 2984

Neil  Robb

Neil Robb
Head of Cloud Solutions
0141 221 2984

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