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Business Gateway just the tonic for Whitetail Spirits

Isle of Mull gin distillery looks set to grow with help from Business Gateway.

30th July 2019

About the business

Named after Europe’s largest bird of prey, Award-winning gin distillery, Whitetail Spirits, has launched the Isle of Mull’s first on-island distillery in 220 years. The historic move comes as the company is set to meet its ambitious growth objectives, following support from Business Gateway Argyll and Bute.

The distillery recently won a silver at the World Gin Awards 2019 and a silver at the International Spirits Challenge 2019. Whitetail Gin is sold in all UK Selfridges stores, 25 Co-op stores and 300 retail outlets across the UK as well as around 30 shops, bars and hotels on the Isle of Mull and online at

The funding support provided through Business Gateway gave us the incentive to proceed with the investment required to purchase our micro-still and grow our business. Thanks to their support, we are looking forward to increasing and diversifying our product range.
Jamie Munro, founder of Whitetail Spirits

How Business Gateway has helped

Business Gateway helped Whitetail Spirits access funding from the Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme, which is funded by Argyll and Bute Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

This support helped Whitetail Spirits purchase essential equipment and move its gin production in-house from London to Tiroran.

A new still will be used to produce smaller bottles and a diversified flavour range, giving Whitetail Spirits the capacity to produce 250 bottles a day.

Support Provided

1:1 Business Adviser

Funding advice

Local Growth Accelerator Programme support

The Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme is funded by Argyll and Bute Council and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-20 Structural Funds Programme, with a total programme value of £855,239.

What’s next?

The company will launch a range of five liqueurs this summer, produced in the new on-island still.

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