SAIC boosts business support in Highlands

THE Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has strengthened its support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland with the appointment of a new business development manager.
Donald Fowler, who has extensive experience in the aquaculture sector, is based in Lochgilphead, Argyll, perfectly placed to work with companies in the Highlands and Islands region.
He has joined SAIC on secondment from his current role as a senior development manager in the life sciences team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Focusing particularly on liaison with SMEs, Fowler will work with companies across the aquaculture supply chain.
He will help them develop project ideas that could solve a business need or create new revenue streams, and convert them into innovative R&D partnerships.
Fowler said: ‘With a degree in aquatic bioscience and 20 years’ experience working in finfish and shellfish farming, I am a passionate advocate for the aquaculture sector in Scotland.
‘I’ve also been a strong believer in the potential of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre to deliver transformative projects and growth in the sector, so I am delighted to be joining it now.
‘I very much look forward to supporting companies, especially in Scotland’s rural regions, enabling them to bring their project ideas to fruition, or solve their business challenges, with the help of the Scottish research community.’
Heather Jones, CEO of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, said: ‘Don’s knowledge, experience and personal networks in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland make him a perfect fit for the team.
‘We very much look forward to facilitating and accelerating commercially relevant projects in the sector and the Highlands and Islands with his help.
‘The outcomes should include sustainable jobs in Scotland’s rural and coastal regions, solutions to industry problems, and new revenue opportunities for local companies.’