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



Greg  Callan

Greg Callan
Partner & Head of Entrepreneurial Services
g.callan@frenchduncan.co.uk
01786 451745

Greg  Callan

Greg Callan

Partner & Head of Entrepreneurial Services

BAcc CA

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01786 451745

g.callan@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Greg trained with Price Waterhouse in Glasgow. He has experience at board level in an SME with institutional investment and has successfully grown and developed a business advisory practice through organic growth, merger and acquisition. Greg joined French Duncan as a Partner following its merger with Macfarlane Gray in 2012.

He advises SME clients on all aspects of business growth, with particular focus on the technology and construction sectors and owner-managed businesses in general.

A primary focus for Greg is the continued growth and development of French Duncan as the leading business advisor to SME businesses in Scotland.

Barry  Laurie

Barry Laurie
Partner
b.laurie@frenchduncan.co.uk
0131 225 6366

Barry  Laurie

Barry Laurie

Partner

BSc CA

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0131 225 6366

b.laurie@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Throughout his extensive career, Barry has worked for HMRC, Arthur Andersen, Coopers and Lybrand and McCabes. He has been a Tax Partner with French Duncan since its merger with McCabes in 2008.

Barry has a wealth of experience in all aspects of tax matters, from corporate to personal and has a particular specialism in maximising capital allowances for clients. Whilst Barry can advise any business on its tax matters, he has particular expertise in the hospitality and property sectors.

He can also advise on tax incentives for investment.

Barry prides himself on taking the initiative to understand his clients’ needs to deliver results.

He enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and continually seeks opportunities which he believes will be to their benefit.

Graeme  Smith

Graeme Smith
Senior Manager
g.smith@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Graeme  Smith

Graeme Smith

Senior Manager

BA CA

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Graeme qualified as a CA in 1989 with KPMG in Edinburgh, where he spent six years, including some time within the corporate finance function. From there he joined the Scottish Government, where he headed a team appraising Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant applications. Following 15 years with the Scottish Government, Graeme joined French Duncan Corporate Advisory in 2007. 

Since joining FDCA, Graeme has been involved in a wide range of corporate finance assignments, including due diligence (for both the private and public sector), share valuations, strategic planning and funding. He has extensive experience in dealing with both primary and secondary lenders.  Graeme has a particular focus on sourcing public sector funding for clients and leads the team responsible for raising over £100m of RSA in the last 12 years. He is also actively involved in raising funds via such bodies as The Scottish Loan Scheme, SMART:Scotland, Large R&D Grants, UK Steel Enterprise and Business Loans Scotland.

With the current difficulties that businesses face in securing private sector finance, Graeme’s skills in raising public sector funding and guiding companies through the fundraising minefield can prove invaluable to clients seeking finance for growth.

Neil  Robb

Neil Robb
Director & Head of Cloud Solutions
n.robb@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Neil  Robb

Neil Robb

Director & Head of Cloud Solutions

BAcc(Hons) ACCA

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0141 221 2984

n.robb@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Neil qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2011, training with a well-established firm in Paisley.  From there he joined a small accountancy practice in Glasgow where he focused on the provision of high quality service to his varied client base, achieving this predominantly through the use of cloud accounting software.

Neil joined French Duncan in 2016 bringing with him a specialism in cloud accounting solutions.  He has extensive experience in providing clients with high quality, user-friendly management reporting services and advice.

Managing one of French Duncan's Entrepreneurial Services Teams, Neil works with clients to help create a smooth reporting process.  He also has a focus on helping identify opportunities to create efficiencies in financial and operational functions.

Anne  Laverock

Anne Laverock
Senior Tax Manager
a.laverock@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Anne  Laverock

Anne Laverock

Senior Tax Manager

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

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0141 221 2984

a.laverock@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Starting her career as a tax trainee at French and Cowan, Anne pursued her career specialising in tax at various Big Four firms before joining French Duncan in 2008. She has also worked as a tax tutor at Glasgow Graduate School of Law and a tax consultant to an executry solicitor.

Anne has extensive experience in such areas as: personal tax compliance; capital gains tax; inheritance tax planning; HMRC enquiries trust compliance and the taxation of executries.

Anne helps her clients achieve the desired outcome, whilst always bearing heed to present and future consequences of any action taken.  She believes her clients should never feel pressured into following advice and non-tax issues are always considered alongside the tax savings.

Anne’s ethos is to be approachable, helpful, honest and technically aware, whilst always acting in the best interest of her clients.

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