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Scottish drinks brand brings hard seltzer to market 

A premium drinks brand has launched some of the first Scottish hard seltzers to market after business owner, Ruth Jones, received advice and support from Business Gateway.

About the business

Dundee-based Twisted Sisters specialises in premium, ready-to-drink hard seltzers, a highball drink containing seltzer water, alcohol and fruit flavourings. The brand-new drinks range boasts a variety of uniquely delicious flavour combinations, including coconut & lime, blueberry & elderflower, and rhubarb & ginger. The range is gluten-free, vegan, and low calorie, making them a delicious tipple for everyone.  

I have always dreamed of owning my own business, but I had no idea where to start. I am so glad I approached Business Gateway for support.

How Business Gateway has helped

Through Business Gateway’s start-up services, Ruth accessed regular 1:1 support from a dedicated business adviser, as well as specific advice on company regulations, funding, HR, and marketing. Additionally, Business Gateway introduced Ruth to the Elevator Accelerator programme, which helped her fast track the business idea. Upon completing the programme, Ruth received support in building a robust business plan.  

Ruth was also connected to a wider support network, resulting in the brand partnering with The Start-Up Drinks Lab in Glasgow to develop recipes that promise a fuller flavour profile. The business also received support from DigitalBoost, Scotland’s national digital upskilling programme, delivered by Business Gateway. Through DigitalBoost, Ruth was able to access key market research reports and digital webinars.  

Twisted Sisters has achieved considerable growth since launching in August 2021, with 25 retailers and hospitality venues across five cities in the UK now stocking its hard seltzers. Ruth has since made use of a suite of Business Gateway’s growth business services to help manage the business’ success and has employed a new member of staff to help with stockist enquiries, as well as bringing in her brother-in-law, Stewart, to co-own the business.  

Ruth Jones, Founder and Co-Owner of Twisted Sisters, said: “I have always dreamed of owning my own business, but I had no idea where to start. I am so glad I approached Business Gateway for support. My adviser Scott was so helpful and put me in touch with all the right people.  

“The Elevator Accelerator programme was brilliant and helped me identify a gap in the market for deliciously flavoured hard seltzers, and I was able to access all the support and guidance I needed to take the idea further. I am so pleased that our brand is growing, and it’s so exciting to see our range available on tap at Siberia in Aberdeen. Hopefully, this is the first of many venues!” 

Support Provided

1:1 Business Adviser or Support

DigitalBoost Support

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