Case Studies

The perfect getaway lies in the Outer Hebrides  

Following a variety of support from Business Gateway, self-catered Na Taighean Fiodh are fully booked in its first month of trading.

About the business

Founded in the summer of 2021 by islander Rachel Mackenzie, Na Taighean Fiodh, Gaelic for ‘the wooden houses’, offers two beautiful log cabins, for both long and short stay accommodation in the Isle of Lewis.

The 1:1 advisory support and variety of resources available at Business Gateway were crucial to the completion of our cabins.

How Business Gateway has helped

Business Gateway helped Rachel develop her business plan with 1:1 advice from her advisor and worked with her to secure a grant of £1,250 through the Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneurs Fund (OHYESS), which is fully funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and delivered by Business Gateway. This funding allowed Rachel to invest in essential white goods and appliances, which added finishing touches to her stylish self-catering accommodation.

Rachel was able to access a £10,000 loan through the Comhairle’s Revolving Loan Fund, also delivered by Business Gateway, which gave her the ability to begin operating immediately. With plans for a third cabin and continued support from Business Gateway, Rachel intends to continue growing her business and accommodate the seasonal demand of visitors to the island.  

Rachel, founder, Na Taighean Fiodh said: “The 1:1 advisory support and variety of resources available at Business Gateway were crucial to the completion of our cabins. Business Gateway not only supported us in securing funding, but also helped me to think and plan for other elements of operating a business that I had not yet considered. We are looking forward to welcoming more visitors and tourists, and with the continued help of Business Gateway and support of a social media consultant, we are also focused on growing our social media presence.” 

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