Case Studies

Back home to Barra was the ingredient to success

A local business that has benefitted from Business Gateway’s digital support is Café Kisimul. Harris Bari grew up immersed in the hospitality industry after his parents moved to Barra in 2004 to pursue their dream of opening a restaurant.

5th June 2020

About the business

Nestled at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with views over Kisimul Castle, Café Kisimul is the home of Barra’s famous scallop pakora. Hailed for its use of local produce in traditional Indian and Italian cooking, the business employs 16 members of staff and has been a hit with locals and visitors for 16 years.

Local produce is at the heart of the business and the Bari family has built strong supplier relationships over the last 16 years. All seafood is locally sourced either from Barratlantic or a local diver they have been working with for over ten years, the house pour is Barra Gin and local butcher, Maclean’s, supplies all meat and baked goods.

Being situated on a remote island, face to face meetings aren’t always an option, but that wasn’t a barrier to accessing a wide range of Business Gateway support as I was able to dial into in-depth Skype sessions.

How Business Gateway has helped

Harris contacted Business Gateway for support to improve the brand’s online presence and was signposted to Business Gateway’s DigitalBoost programme for specialist support with a website, digital marketing, and a more streamlined approach to e-commerce. Through one-to-one Skype sessions, Harris also took the opportunity to educate himself on cyber security, data analytics and social media development.

Following DigitalBoost support for its online profile and website development, Café Kisimul now operates weekly deliveries to local shops on the route to cater for those travelling beyond the beautiful isles of Barra and Vatersay.

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