Joseph Robertson Wins at Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018

We are very proud to announce that Joseph Robertson was presented as the winner in the category of ‘Investing in Skills’ at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018. Evan Robertson, Sarah Robertson, Ryan Robertson and Joe Robertson can be seen collecting the award on June 7th at Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre.

Joseph Robertson was commended on four main aspects of how we invest in skills:

Effectiveness of Staff Development

We have a formal process to appraising individual performance and development needs. Managers are able to use a TNA to identify the needs of staff which has been linked to the strategic objectives of the business to improve productivity, reduce waste and improve staff retention.

Involvement of Staff

By creating processes such as our ‘Train the Trainer’ we are able to actively engage with staff and build on their skill set and knowledge of the job or department they work in.

Suitability of Delivery

Our aim is to include staff in the growth and success of the business, one way we do this is by offering English language classes at the local College to staff. We offer a structured and blending approach to training and development (i.e. Workshops; coaching; on the job).

Impact Measurement and Benefits Achieved

Articulating clear outputs linked to our workforce planning has seen staff turnover significantly reduce and profitability increase annually over the past three years. This has given us clear results in terms of reduction in staff turnover by 50% p.a. over the past 2 years.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Congratulations to all winners and finalists who have been selected from a record number of entries by our panel of more than 45 judges. Scotland is home to some of the most innovative producers and these awards give us the chance to celebrate just a few of them. We have a fantastic mix of established world-class businesses and a new generation of entrepreneurs coming through.

“Scottish food and drink is now a national success story. Our unique partnership of industry bodies and Scottish Government has driven that. However, it is the talent inside individual businesses that make our industry tick and who are putting Scotland on the global culinary map.”

A full list of the winners can be found at

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