HeraldScotland:

A TOP restaurateur has hailed plans for a comeback to Glasgow.

Gaucho Restaurants is to open what it claims will be the first restaurant in Scotland to serve exclusively "carbon neutral steaks".

It plans to open “Scotland’s most sustainable steak restaurant” in central Glasgow ahead of Valentine's Day 2022.

It comes after previous presence in the city.

The new 120 cover venue will serve Gaucho’s Argentine Beef, which offers beef from cattle from specially selected pampas farms.

The carbon emissions in Gaucho’s Beef offering have been reduced at source, then calculated from field to fork at source before being offset through a reforestation programme in the Amazon.

The new venue announcement is aligned with a call to action from Gaucho chief executive Martin Williams to fellow steak restaurateurs to join the “Sustainable Steak Movement” which he has founded and launches at COP 26.

Mr Williams said: “Today we can announce the launch date and location of our second restaurant exclusively offering ‘Carbon Neutral Beef’. Alongside a menu of measures to make Gaucho the most sustainable steak restaurant in Scotland.”

“Glasgow is the perfect location for our first new Gaucho restaurant since 2016 for many reasons, none less than it being the home city of COP26”

 “I am delighted to announce our second ‘Carbon Free Beef restaurant’, all our future new openings will serve only carbon neutral beef and as of January 2022, all our 20 restaurants will boast a carbon neutral steak and wine offering which sits alongside our zero food waste and green energy policies.”

Later in 2018 Martin Williams returned to Gaucho, where he started working for Gaucho in 2005 and worked his way up to leave as managing director of the group nine years later, to take over the company as chief executive, following its period of administration in the years after he left.

He brought the M and Gaucho brands together under a new company, Rare Restaurants Ltd and he now heads up a new leadership team with an updated Gaucho brand style and vision which facilitated the company’s growth in 2019/2020.

Arbikie Distillery to create 30 new jobs

Field-to-bottle distiller Arbikie has secured £2.6 million of funding to build a new visitor centre in Angus that will create up to 30 jobs.

Owned by brothers John, Iain and David Stirling, Airbikie is located on the family's 400-year-old farm that supplies about 90 per cent of the raw materials used to make its range of whisky, gin and vodkas.

Liz Cameron: Did Sunak’s Budget go far and fast enough?

The dust is now settling on the Chancellor’s Autumn 2021 Budget. Businesses had wanted to see a financial outlook that recognised the challenges and pressures which have been placed on them over the past 18 months, acknowledging the dual pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic and Britain’s departure from the EU, whilst underpinning economic recovery.

To an extent, Rishi Sunak delivered that with an extraordinary package of fiscal measures that few would have expected in the current economic climate, however, some businesses operating in the hardest hit sectors are continuing to question if the Budget really went far enough, and crucially fast enough, to support those immediate challenges they are facing.