Scottish Federation of Meat Traders elects new leader
Published:  22 November, 2016

Butchers in Scotland should focus on providing convenience options, according to the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association’s (SFMTA) new president. 

Paul Boyle [pictured] of Boghall Butcher’s in Bathgate was been elected as the 79th president of the SFMTA, installed at the organisation’s annual meeting at Houston House Hotel in Uphall on Sunday, 20 November.

Speaking at the meeting, Boyle said he aimed to keep Scottish butchers relevant by proposing courses and workshops to encourage ready meal production.

“I know that internet shopping is here to stay, but let’s keep butchers on the high street because we have wonderful unique products and quality meat to attract customers. They know this because they come to us for special occasions like Christmas and Easter,” said the new president.

“The way to keep the high streets alive has to be in getting customers through our doors more regularly.

“We have an excellent training department at the SFMTA, which will give members all the help they require and, possibly, Scottish Meat Training could include a ready meal or kitchen ready module for trainees.”

Boghall’s is known throughout Scotland for its many pie accolades, as well as being crowned Scotland’s Best Butcher’s Shop 2015 by Meat Trades Journal.

Also addressing the audience at the annual meeting were: Brindon Addy, North of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2016 winner; Tom Courts, SFMTA member from Burntisland; and Gary Raeburn, the only Scottish member of Team GB for the World Butchers’ Challenge.