Town’s MSP visits Food and Drink Hub

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 21:49 on 16 March 2015

Politics    SNP 

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth Nationalist MSP, Jamie Hepburn recently enjoyed a visit to local business, Food & Drink Hub (Scotland).

During a tour of the firm’s base at Wardpark in Cumbernauld, Mr Hepburn met with Managing Director Paul Anderson, as well as representatives from Scottish Enterprise.

From their Wardpark site Food & Drink Hub offer expertise and support to small Scottish food and drinks businesses to enable them to place their products in well-known stores and larger retailers. 

As part of the visit, Mr Hepburn learned that Food & Drink Hub have benefitted from their central location, with easy access to all major motorway networks and distribution points.

Mr Hepburn, who has visited the company on previous occasions, was impressed to see how Food and Drink Hub has thrived in the Cumbernauld area and that the overall number of staff at the site has increased from around 50 to 80 in less than 2 years. 

Food and Drink Hub have already expanded their business in Wardpark and remain committed to the Cumbernauld area for the foreseeable future.

Mr Hepburn was also pleased to learn that Food and Drink Hub has benefitted from support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, which will enable them to maximise the growth of the already thriving business.

Commenting after his visit, Mr Hepburn said: “I very much enjoyed my visit to Food and Drink Hub and I was pleased to see the growth of the business and their commitment to the local area. I was glad to learn that Food and Drink Hub have been able to offer positions to graduates in areas such as finance and marketing and have concrete plans for continued growth in the future.”

The SNP man added: “The success thus far of Food and Drink Hub is testament to the commitment of all those at the Wardpark site, and should serve as a great example that it is possible to create, build, and grow a new and exciting business in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area.”

Paul Anderson, Managing Director of Food and Drink Hub (Scotland) Ltd added: “It was great having Jamie visit to allow him to see what we are doing here at the Hub and how we are helping the Cumbernauld area.

“We had a great discussion about where we came from and where we are going as a company, including our future plans for development.

“We are hoping to see more of Jamie and his team in the future to discuss the possibilities that lie before us within the area.”