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Industry Heavyweights Line Up To Debate Scottish Independence

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Industry Heavyweights Line Up To Debate Scottish Independence

October 21
20:07 2013
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Featuring two of the country’s most prolific and respected personalities and taking place at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland exactly one year before the Referendum, the debate – entitled ‘What independence would mean for the Scottish food, drink and hospitality sectors – will bring together a range of experts, academics and MSPs.


According to organisers, the event will aim to present both sides of the argument in the context of an industry that now collectively employs over 200,000 people in Scotland alone.


Two-Michelin-Star chef Andrew Fairlie, will lead the ‘Yes’ team, supported by Jim Mather, SNP MSP (retired), and Jean Urquhart, Independent MSP.

The ‘Better Together’ side, headed by the Isle of Eriska Hotel’s Beppo Buchanan-Smith, will also feature with Tony Dumbreck, owner of bespoke food manufacturing company, Innovate Foods, and Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader, Jackson Carlaw MSP.


Industry stalwart Fergus Chambers will moderate proceedings.


Ray Lorimer, chairman of IOH Scotland, said: ‘The debate provides a much needed platform to objectively address the key implications both for and against independence from a Scottish food, drink and tourism perspective.


‘Members of the audience will have the opportunity to put their questions to the panellists, who aim to tackle a range of issues – from Scotland potentially joining the Euro to queries about having our own currency – as well as green energy and renewable targets for Scottish businesses.


The debate, which is supported by the Cook Scotland and Freshwater Scotland, will take place from 10am-12.30pm, with registration and a light breakfast from 9am, on Wednesday 18th September. Tickets cost £15. To book or to find out further information, contact Lisa Parker or Aileen Stevenson at The Cook School Scotland on 01563 550 008 or visit




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