We are a group of people happily living in the Highlands of Scotland with a passion for quality food, sustainably produced. Great food is a delight to eat and we think it can have a huge impact on people’s well being. Aquascot is as much in the health business as it is the food business.
Aquascot began the journey into employee ownership in 2008 with a long-term plan of becoming 100% employee owned by 2017. Seven years on and we are on track to achieve this goal.
The company directors chose this path as a way of keeping the business local and to protect the long-term interests of everyone involved with Aquascot: supply partners, partners in the business, customer partners and the many people who enjoy our products every day.
In preparation for Employee Ownership, an employee elected ‘Partnership Council’ was formed to represent the interests of the employees. This is our way of collecting employee views and ensures a healthy flow of communication runs through the business. We believe this adds an additional strength to our partnership.
Every two years we hold an election where new members replace the longest serving members, giving everyone a fair a chance to represent their colleagues.
We are firm advocates of growing our business sustainably. Aquascot has developed a bespoke monitoring system to closely track the environmental impact of our operations. Our company newsletter ‘Fish Tales’ includes monthly updates on our utility consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in order to raise awareness amongst our employees.
Aquascot has set an ambitious target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production by at least 15% by 2020. This is being achieved through improved energy efficiency, encouraging behaviour change and ensuring new projects follow the highest environmental standards. Minimising our impact will not only benefit the environment, it will also reduce costs and strengthen the reputation of Aquascot as a responsible and sustainable member of Scotland’s food community.