Scot­tish Pavil­ion of­fers Brus­sels re­fund

Fish Farmer - - Coronaviru­s Crisis – Events -

SCOT­TISH seafood com­pa­nies that had booked ex­hi­bi­tion space at the now post­poned Brus­sels expo are to be re­funded by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment.

Any firms that booked space within the Scot­tish Pavil­ion at the world’s big­gest seafood ex­hi­bi­tion, which had been sched­uled for April 21-23, will get their money back, said Scot­tish De­vel­op­ment In­ter­na­tional (SDI).

Al­though Seafood Expo Global is likely to be held at a fu­ture date, SDI has de­cided to re­fund Scot­tish ex­hibitors now to help them through the ‘sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge’ of the coro­n­avirus out­break.

In an email to seafood as­so­ci­a­tion heads, SDI, which co­or­di­nates the Scot­tish Pavil­ion, said: ‘Our events team in SDI are in close con­tact with Diver­si­fied [or­gan­iser of the expo] to un­der­stand fu­ture plans, so that we can un­der­stand if and when there is go­ing to be a resched­uled event.

‘We will be re­fund­ing now any com­pa­nies who have con­tracted di­rectly with SDI to ex­hibit as part of the Scot­tish Pavil­ion at Seafood Global in April.

‘Given the sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge the seafood sec­tor is fac­ing at the mo­ment, we thought it crit­i­cal that we act now. This is a large sum of money.’

The cost of an ex­hi­bi­tion space alone is un­der­stood to be around £35,000 for the larger booths, with ex­tra costs for build­ing up the stand.

Scot­tish ex­hibitors who have con­tracted di­rectly with Diver­si­fied should con­tact them to dis­cuss re­funds, said SDI.

More than 20 Scot­tish seafood com­pa­nies were booked to ex­hibit as part of the Scot­tish Pavil­ion in Hall 9 in Brus­sels this year.

That in­cluded most of the sal­mon farm­ers, and trout farmer Dawn­fresh. Mowi Scot­land was due to ex­hibit, as usual, on its group stand in Hall 5. Cooke Aqua­cul­ture and Grieg Seafood also tend to ex­hibit out­side the Scot­tish Pavil­ion.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from one of Scot­land’s sal­mon farm­ers de­scribed the de­ci­sion by SDI as a ‘great ges­ture’.

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