App to support Welsh food and drink businesses post-Brexit unveiled

An app to support food and drink businesses in Wales after the UK leaves the European Union has been unveiled by the Welsh Government.

Launched by Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths last week, the app provides real-time information about the hospitality sector in Wales.

The Diagnostic and Brexit scorecard app is aimed at profiling food and drinks businesses across the country, as well as helping them respond to challenges and opportunities created by Brexit.

Lesley Griffiths explained that the app will not only improve access to the latest information about these businesses, but also cover issues affecting the sector.

At the same time, cluster members and wider businesses will have the opportunity to review their strengths and weaknesses. These will be benchmarked against the industry requirements in trade.

The Welsh Government has appointed seven clusters to promote collaboration and opportunities in the sector. They include companies producing Fine Food, Seafood, Export, High Impact, NutriWales, Drinks and Honey.

Speaking about the app, Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths said it will allow Welsh food and drinks businesses to come together and grow the industry post-Brexit.

“This is an exciting new app that will bring Welsh food and drinks businesses together and will help the sector continue to grow,” said Griffiths.

“As we prepare to leave the European Union, it is more important than ever that businesses work with governments in projects like these to build their resilience and ensure their competitiveness so they are able to thrive in a post-Brexit world.

“This is a prime example of technology being used to tackle 21st century challenges and drive forward Welsh business growth and respond directly to Brexit challenges that we all face.”

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