Scotland punching above its weight

Christian Allard MSP.
Christian Allard MSP.

Christian Allard MSP has used a speech, last week, in Scottish Parliament to promote the North-east of Scotland.

In the debate, on Scottish Enterprise Networks, he highlighted food and drink and the energy sector as areas where the North-east was helping Scotland to punch above its weight.

Speaking after the debate Mr Allard said: “The North East is a fantastic place to live and work and the expertise and businesses that are based here help Scotland punch well above its weight and thrive in this global economy.

“The North East also produces a fantastic array of food and drink products.

“I was reminded of this on Monday when I visited Glen Garioch Distillery in the heart of Old Meldrum in Aberdeenshire.

“The manager of Glen Garioch Distillery, Kenny Grant told me that it is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, produces 100 casks a week and is exporting like never before.

“The world class Stovies I had at the Huntly Harist Food & Farm Festival on Sunday was a further reminder, if one was needed, as to the great produce we have in the North East.

Mr Allard also talked of the important place the North East has in the energy sector as demonstrated by the hosting of the Offshore Europe conference and exhibition in Aberdeen.

The SNP MSP added:

“Offshore Europe 2013 was the biggest and best exhibition to date with 63,000 people in attendance.

“This year’s theme was “The Next 50 Years”, reflecting on the boom that continues to be experienced by the North East Energy Sector.

“The North East goes from strength to strength; it is and will continue to be a great place to live, to learn, to work and to visit.”

Offshore Europe 2013 was held over three days at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Belinda Miller, Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Economic Development, had commented: “Offshore Europe is a key event for the upstream oil and gas sector. Aberdeenshire-based companies play a vital role in the global supply chain.”