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Borders gin distillery in high spirits following export success

Dalton-based Oro Gin, co-founded by Ray Clynick, has certainly been a family affair.

30th November 2018

About the business

After a completing a degree in chemical biology, Ray realised that he’d fallen out of love with science and told his mum that he wanted to pursue a new path in gin distilling.

This family-owned distillery now produces two different small batch gins, with a cask of rum nearly in its second year of aging.

Without Business Gateway we wouldn’t have been able to make contact with Scottish Development International and speak to the right people.

How Business Gateway has helped

Ray says that Business Gateway provided a crucial missing piece of the puzzle. “We found it was useful to be able to talk to someone outside the family circle about a business proposal. Business Gateway instantaneously helped out in that respect and all the extra services they provided were really staggering.”

Allan McNaught, Team Leader at Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway said: “Throughout the past three years, we have assisted Oro Gin with local grants for websites, employability support, RSA grants for distilling equipment, workplace innovation and SDI export research. Oro Gin are an exceptional example of how Business Gateway support can help unlock growth and export opportunities. The business is a real family affair and we are thrilled that their hard work has been rewarded by European success.”

Business Gateway support

1:1 Business Adviser

Innovation Support

Employability Support

International/Exporting Support

DigitalBoost – website optimisation

What’s next?

The future certainly seems bright for this Scottish dry gin, as Ray points out. “We have a lot of plans growth-wise in Europe and in Britain. We are doing more with Business Gateway.

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