Support for businesses aiming to achieve certification to BRCGS standards

Supplier Development Opportunity:


Scotland Food & Drink is once again offering funded support to Scottish businesses to achieve internationally recognised Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS) certification, after a successful return of the programme in February 2021.

This is a practical programme that will provide both one to one on-site and remote technical support, working directly with your business’s nominated mentor, to make sure that your business can successfully transition to either full BRCGS certification or BRCGS START!


Following a turbulent 2020, businesses are now starting to look forward, with the world slowly coming out of lockdown and hopefully returning to some sense of normality. 

To help businesses in their recovery and growth, Scotland Food & Drink will continue to offer support through programmes like BRCGS certification mentoring. 

Supplier development has always been high on the agenda for Scotland Food & Drink and has been integral to the Home Advantage strategy published in 2018 and the Ambition 2030 plan.

As part of the Recovery Plan, Scotland Food & Drink launched a unique supplier development training initiative, The Academy, which will help support the growth and expand market opportunities for our businesses in the UK and abroad.

It has been identified that businesses having access to BRCGS Certification alongside this dedicated training programme will be integral to recovery and growth in the sector.

An important element in gaining enhanced market opportunities within foodservice, retail and international markets is accreditation to an independent 3rd party scheme.

  • Achieving higher accreditation can unlock access to markets both in terms of the public sector, foodservice and retail.
  • Absence of 3rd party accreditation can be a barrier for entry to markets.
  • Achieving a recognised independent third-party accreditation can improve overall business efficiency, and
  • Increase resilience if individual businesses and broader sectors are faced with reputational challenges.

Application Process

The purpose of the following questionnaire is to help select which businesses are best placed to benefit from this opportunity.

The information disclosed in the form will be used in the selection of businesses.

There is no restriction, all businesses can apply, however Scotland Food & Drink members will pay a reduced rate.

To be considered for participation we would ask you to give details that relate to the part of the business you feel need to achieve BRCGS accreditation, rather than the whole of the group if the organisation forms part of a group.

If you are interested in applying for BRCGS certification but want to know more, Scotland Food & Drink is hosting a briefing session on Tuesday 11 May at 2pm. The briefing will cover who the programme is for and why businesses should apply followed by a live Q&A. Find out more and register here.

Apply now

Please complete the below questionnaire, together with any supporting documents, by 28 May 2021.

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If you have any questions about the BRCGS programme, please get in touch on

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