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Distilling the right expertise

Our local knowledge and connections to employability support helped the OroGin Distilling Company to get up and running in Dalton.

About the business

A Dumfries and Galloway gin and rum distillery has enjoyed international success within in its first year of operation by exporting its classical dry gin to Spain and now looks set to achieve further success throughout 2019.

The family-owned distillery now produces two different small batch gins, with a cask of rum nearly in its second year of aging. Oro, the more classical of the two gins, is distilled with 15 botanicals including pink pepper, lemongrass, cassia bark, cinnamon and a fantastic juniper. The second, the award-wining Oro V, is a smooth, delicate gin with a subtle juniper starting point balanced with fresh lavender, crisp citrus and gentle orris.

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.

How Business Gateway has helped

In addition to start-up advice, Business Gateway assisted Oro Gin with website optimisation via the DigitalBoost programme, product design and numerous opportunities to apply for government and European-backed funding. Due to their early success, Oro Gin were swiftly escalated to Business Gateway’s pipeline system for predicted high growth businesses. This soon led to a meeting with Scottish Export and Oro Gin’s first export opportunity.

As Ray describes, “It was a very nice surprise when Business Gateway introduced us to Scottish Export. I thought you had to be quite a good size company to attract their attention, but they really helped us from the beginning. Without Business Gateway we wouldn’t have been able to make those contacts and speak to the right people.”

Business Gateway support

1-2-1 Business Adviser

Scottish Enterprise Support

DigitalBoost HealthCheck

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. Britain is quite a swamped market, but we are now seeing more people interested in classical style gins instead of fruit gins, which is great news for us. We are doing more with Business Gateway and Scottish Export so we’re looking forward to working with them and growing to whatever potential we can.”

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