FAO27 Ltd wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Seafood export specialists FAO27 have netted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
Based in the Black Isle and France, the firm operates as the sales export department for a number of local small scale seafood processors and fishing boats and sells whitefish, shellfish, farmed salmon and smoked and hot smoked salmon from the North of Scotland to retailers, wholesalers, large fishmongers and independent stores across Europe. Although the majority of the products are exported to markets in France, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Luxembourg, the firm has recently started to make inroads into the UK market.
Named after the grid reference for the North Sea fishing sector and standing for “Freshness and Origin, 27 for Traceability”, FAO27 was set up in 2009 by Managing Director Anne Moseley as a consultancy to help fishermen and processors export to Europe. It now has a team of five and supports over 150 full time jobs and several family run businesses in Scotland.
FAO27 Managing Director Anne Moseley said: “This is a wonderful recognition for the company and in particular for the local fishermen, salmon farmers and seafood processors we are honoured to work for. The Queen’s Award is recognised across the world as a mark of outstanding business achievement and our award is a great testament to the dedication of the family run companies we work with to bring the best of Scottish seafood to a wider market.”