Spot The Difference

19 Dec

I had an interesting chat today following my visit to the National Botanical Gardens last Sunday, which I thought I’d share with you. The chatty producer was very much on my wave length and did agree when I said that Welsh producers unfortunately have the Welsh Government food department they deserve. The majority of producers are not happy the way the food industry is looked after in Wales, how their dwindling funding is spent, but are either too frightened of rocking the government food boat or simply don’t believe they have the power to change any decisions made on their behalf.

Our conversation moved onto the massive difference between big business and local /micro businesses, although in my mind it’s fairly simple. Big businesses see numbers, local businesses see faces. Big businesses are, because of their size, generally run by accountants, local businesses are too familiar with their accountant asking them – ‘why are you still trying to keep going?’

What I’d like to achieve in Wales next year is to get the message through to live local, give local, shop local.

But how will I do that? That’s a good question but the only thing I’m certain of, is that whatever we achieve, we’ll achieve for the benefit of our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers. Before you start thinking about sending your comments through, I can assure you that I’m not expecting my local council – Ceredigion, to support me, not after all these years and I don’t imagine wag will either, it will just be a bonus if they stop playing their games of smoke and mirrors. It’s producers we are here for and those are the people that matter.



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