Seafood exporter wins UK award for enterprise
Seafood export firm FAO27 was named a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade on Thursday, 21 April.
Based dually in Scotland and France, FAO27 operates as the sales export department for small-scale seafood processors and fishermen. Its primary export products are whitefish, shellfish, farmed salmon and smoked salmon from the north of Scotland, which it sells to retailers, wholesalers, fishmongers and independent stores throughout Europe.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise has been awarded by the Queen of England, on advice of the country’s prime minister, on the monarch’s birthday every year since 1966. About 100 businesses are annually awarded the honor, which is given to selected British businesses with substantial and sustained increases in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods.
FAO27 was founded in 2009 by Anne Moseley, who runs the firm as managing director. The company has five employees and supports more than 150 full-time jobs in Scotland, according to a press release. FAO27 clients include Nordic Shellfish, Wester Ross Fisheries and Gourmet’s Choice.
“The Queen’s Award is recognized 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,” Moseley said. “The Scottish fishing fleet is vital to the economy and deserves to be widely appreciated.”