A NEW food and drink incubator in Greenock has been given the green light by Inverclyde Council.

The incubator and its other areas of support for businesses will be the first of its kind in Scotland, assisting Inverclyde’s growth in the food and drink sector as Scotland aims to double its turnover to £30 billion by 2030.

Baker Street Food & Drink Enterprises will be built on land recently cleared at the corner of Greenock’s Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road. It is part of a wider £3.5 million project being delivered by Riverside Inverclyde Property Holdings for Inverclyde Council.

Aimed at enticing the growth of small and medium sized food and drink businesses, the building will also include shared office space, storage units, research and board room facilities for its tenants as well as shower and change areas.

Fiona Maguire, chief executive of Riverside Inverclyde said: “We have already seen interest in the incubator from businesses and expect to see further demand as the project develops.”