Food and drink
Developing a diverse range of traditional and emerging markets.
One of Scotland's manufacturing powerhouses.
Home to more than half of the country’s whisky distilleries and some of its best-known food producers, Moray sends a flavour of Scottish manufacturing from the north east to the world. But its manufacturing output goes well beyond earthy confinement.
Leading Scottish brands such as Walkers Shortbread and Baxter’s Food Group, makers of the popular Baxter’s soups, have their headquarters in Moray.
The food and drinks industry is a major employer. Here, there are more manufacturing jobs per head of population than any other part of Scotland. It is also home to French IT contractors Atos, a growing band of digi-tech businesses as well as luxury cashmere clothing suppliers Johnstons of Elgin. Among these stellar enterprises, spaceflight firm Orbex go further than the rest, manufacturing its orbital launch vehicle Prime in the town of Forres.
With close links to the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, Moray’s villages and towns combine a sense of history and tradition with modernity in a rural landscape. The ancient city of Elgin is the central node in a network of smaller market towns including Forres, Keith and Buckie. The village of Findhorn boasts a thriving alternative arts and culture scene, while Tomintoul skirts the breathtaking natural beauty of the Cairngorms National Park, a gateway for adventure seekers, nature lovers and holidaying families alike.
jobs in manufacturing
increase predicted for construction sector by 2028
business start ups each year
What makes working and living in Moray special? Watch our film to hear from the people who have chosen to be here.
We can help you base your business here. We know the area and can help you to make the right connections to get your Highland base off to a flying start. We offer practical advice, funding, property options and support to help make the transition easy.
If you'd like to speak to us about how we can help, just get in touch.
The support we’ve received from HIE over the past five years has enabled us to expand sooner into products such as salmon and chicken jerky. This has also broadened our product appeal in markets across Europe, North America and Asia.Alan Craig, Director, Meatsnacks Group
Situated in the north east of Scotland, the Enterprise Park Forres offers a fantastic working environment. Extending over 100 acres, the park has a wide range of high quality and flexible business space.
Moray is a location where old-world charm meeting cutting edge business innovation. It's the ideal location for a perfect work/life balance.
My Moray is operated by the local economic partnership, find out about Moray from the people living and working here on their website.
Find out more about the dominant sectors found in the Moray area.
Find out more about us, our region and how we can support you.
We support businesses, communities and social enterprises through a range of support services, including advice, funding, events and property. Find out how we can help you.
We work with businesses and communities of all sizes to help them develop and grow.
Find out more about our region, its unique character and some of the projects we're involved in.