Organisers of the Royal Highland Show have attracted almost £400k in sponsorship in support of its flagship event, which this year celebrates its 175th anniversary and runs from 18-21 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston.
The Royal Bank of Scotland, partners of the Show since 1981, maintain their support for the four-day event for the 35th year in a row, which attracted in excess of 178,000 people in 2014.
This year the event’s other regular sponsors - McDermott Ltd, ScottishPower, Muller Wiseman, M&S, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Norbrook Laboratories, Edinburgh Airport, Watson’s Seeds and Highland Wagyu - are joined by a host of new partners including Scottish Sea Farms, Think Local, Bruichladdich, Smith & Williamson, Falleninch Farm, Carscreugh Farm, Frazer Coogan, JBA Seed Potatoes, the MacRobert Trust, which funded the WWI Eco Garden and finally The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 (EventScotland).
The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 celebrates the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. The campaign has provided funding for the production of a Royal Highland Show 2015 ‘Food To Go’ Map.
The event’s other main sponsors for 2015 are Algo, Scottish Seafarms, Think Local, Andrews Bowen, Global Radio and Greenspan Energy Ltd.
Taking place between 18th and 21st June, The Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s largest outdoor event, contributing £47.1m to the Scottish economy in 2014.
Stephen Hutt, chief executive from RHASS said: “As a registered charity we rely on the support of our many sponsors, which allows us to deliver our charitable remit to promote the best of farming, food and rural life.
“There is no doubting the strength and influence of the Royal Highland Show brand and the value it brings to an organisation in meeting their business objectives. We are delighted to have the ‘who’s who’ of the Scottish business community in our sponsor line-up.”
Jimmy McLean, Chairman of Agriculture at RBS, commented: “RBS has been a proud partner of the Royal Highland Show for more than 30 years. This close partnership demonstrates the importance that we, at RBS, place on our farming and agricultural customers, and the wider rural communities they support. The agri-business sector in Scotland is incredibly strong and very important, and the RHS provides an excellent opportunity to showcase this and the best of agricultural and rural Scotland. I am proud to have witnessed its growth over the years, it really is a great show.”