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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

When Ray Clynick Jnr completed his Master’s degree in Chemical Biology, he decided to follow a slightly different path and instead make gin. With support from Business Gateway, Ray started work to set up the distillery at Dalton.

The OroGin Distilling Company is a family venture, which also involves Ray’s dad Raymond and mum Jacquie. By January 2017, the trio was preparing to launch its premium Oro and Oro V spirits in the UK and overseas.

Business Gateway identified employability support and our adviser was also instrumental in helping us identify the location for the distillery.

How Business Gateway has helped

“Business Gateway’s support has been invaluable as the project is multifaceted,” says Ray. Recruitment has been a big focus so far, with five people employed by the gin distillery in its first year. In the longer term, the Tasting Rooms, bar, visitor centre and Scandinavian barbecue hut will together call for another seven staff.

“Business Gateway identified employability support through the Dumfries and Galloway Employment Total Access Point programme and our adviser, Allan McNaught, was also instrumental in helping us identify the location for the distillery.

“He also helped us source Regional Selective Assistance and Financial Assistance to Small Business funding to assist with the cost of specialist equipment and the creation of an e-commerce website. He then identified additional exporting and innovation support through Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.”

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