Highlands and islands success at the Scottish EDGE Awards

Four Highlands and Islands companies won a total of £173,500 this week in the fourth round of the Scottish EDGE competition.

Four Highlands and Islands companies won a total of £173,500 last week in the fourth round of the Scottish EDGE competition.

The Scottish EDGE competition is designed to help innovative young Scottish companies to expand and grow by creating more jobs in Scotland and taking advantage of opportunities to move into international markets.

Applicants from the Highlands and Islands were supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in developing their business plans and received coaching and support in preparing their pitches for the judging panel.

Five of the thirty finalists were from the Highlands and Islands: Coast & Glen from Inverness, Speyside Craft Brewery from Moray, MotoScotland from Argyll, Hebridean Spa from the Isle of Lewis and Kirsteen Stewart from Orkney.

Coast & Glen won £24,000 to grow their business through the purchase of new equipment to expand their production capacity, investment n new software to digitalise their processes and in improving their website.

MotoScotland won £50,000 to scale up their business through employing a new Offroad Motorbike Training instructor, to improve their website, increase their marketing and sales capacity and to add more bikes to their stock.

Hebridean Spa won £50,000 to move the business into new UK spa markets, develop overseas markets, attend trade shows in the UK and abroad and move to larger premises in Stornoway to scale up production.

Kirsteen Stewart won £50,000 to grow her fashion design business into a global brand. This will be through employing a graduate placement to undertake a dedicated sales role, attending trade shows in London Paris, working with a PR & Marketing specialist to extend the reach of the brand and increase volumes of stock to meet the growing demand for Kirsteen Stewart products.

Stephanie Anderson, Development Manager for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HIE, said “We are absolutely thrilled for the Highlands and Islands businesses who won at the Scottish EDGE Awards. The standard of competition was very high and the companies from our region demonstrated once again that they are amongst the best in Scotland. Having winners from such a diverse range of businesses from the fashion, adventure tourism, natural skincare and fisheries sectors is a fabulous showcase of the innovation and talent we have across our area. HIE and our partners have been supporting these companies to develop and grow and we will continue to do so in the exciting times ahead as they expand further and move into international markets, bringing jobs and economic value to our region.”

More information on the Scottish EDGE and Young EDGE can be found be visiting: www.hie.co.uk/ScottishEDGE

The Scottish EDGE is delivered by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on behalf of Scottish Government, and in partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Business Gateway.

The Young EDGE also benefits from support of Youth Business Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland, and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.

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