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Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has highlighted the success of local distilleries, Highland Park and Scapa during a debate in the Scottish Parliament today to mark World Whisky Day.
Mr McArthur said:
“Awareness of Highland Park is extremely high but I am pleased to see Scapa now opening its doors to visitors. Both distilleries offer something very different, and this can only help increase the attractiveness of Orkney as a tourist destination. “I have been really impressed by the way in which the two distilleries have worked closely with the wider tourism sector. Given how important Orkney’s reputation for high quality food and drink is to encouraging visitors to come to our islands, this collaborative working makes perfect sense. “The whisky industry overall appears to be in bullish mood. With well over £4bn of net exports it is not hard to see why. There are, of course, challenges at home and abroad, but it is good to be able to sound an optimistic note to mark World Whisky Day”.
Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, has welcomed the news that the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is once again able to offer some grants to charities after it closed to new application last year as a result of a dispute with the Lloyds Banking Group. Liam McArthur said, "While the dispute with the Lloyds Banking Group is not resolved, the Foundation has been able to raise funds by other means and so now has £2 Million to offer this year. While this is not as much as it has been able to offer in recent years, it is a welcome step. I hope that the many groups in Orkney which have benefited in the past from grants from the Foundation will be able to win a share of the £2 Million.
"Of course a solution to the dispute with the Lloyds Banking Group is what is really needed. Here my sympathies are with the Foundation which was right to resist the attempt by the bank to force them to enter a new agreement offering a much lower share of the bank's profits. At a time when banks need to work to win back the public's respect, their intransigence over the funding for the Foundation is very ill-advised."
2017 Liam McArthur MSP for Orkney