Advice and support

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Innovation Support Service

The Innovation Support Service is aimed at increasing collaborative innovation in the agricultural, food and drink, and forestry sectors in Scotland through active engagement with farmers, landowners, crofters and other businesses in the food and drink supply chain. This service is still in development and more information will be available here when it is available.

Farm Advisory Service logoFarm Advisory Service

Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) helps farmers and crofters to access the latest information and resources to increase profitability and sustainability through the following services. Part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), it is funded by the European Union and Scottish Government.

Advice facility

This dedicated advice service by telephone 0300 323 0161 or email advice@fas.scot signposts farmers and crofters to information and guidance on cross compliance, water framework directive, climate change, greening and other matters relating to sustainable land management.

One-to-one support

Providing financial support for:

Events and publications

A full programme of events including workshops, network farm meetings, conferences and training courses are delivered across Scotland.

The FAS website also has a wide range of publications including the online SAC Farm Management Handbook, FAS newsletters, Agri-Business News, guidelines and information notes in an easy-to-find library of resources and information.

Croft and Small Farm Subscriptions

The Croft and Small Farm Advisory Service provides discounted subscription and consultancy services for crofters and small farming businesses (under 30 Ha) across Scotland. This service ensures that no matter the scale of your enterprise or its location the Farm Advisory Service can provide the support you need.

Connect LocalConnect Local

Connect Local is a free, advisory service for the Scottish food and drink sector funded by Scottish Government and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

A unique team of food and drink experts offer a wide range of services including advice on:

  • Business development
  • Finding new local market opportunities
  • Branding, marketing and digital promotional activities,
  • Sources of private and public funding support
  • Food and drink legislation
  • Forming common interest groups and networks
  • Supporting regionally based market development initiatives
  • Creating food tourism trails

Advice for third sector organisations

If you are a third sector organisation or community group looking for advice and guidance you can contact your local Third Sector Interface (TSI). Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector.

You can find out more, and search for your local TSI on the Voluntary Action Scotland website.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) runs an information service for the third sector. You can call 0800 169 0022 or email enquiries@scvo.org.uk.