Louise Cook Shoreline Stoneware
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Western Isles inspired pottery business targets expansion

A North Uist pottery studio has opened a new gallery following one-to-one support and funding advice from Business Gateway.

About the business

Launched in 2013, Shoreline Stoneware creates pottery inspired by the coasts of the Western Isles. Each piece of pottery is hand-crafted and unique, capturing textures from natural materials and objects found along the shores of Uist and Barra. The pieces will be displayed in the new gallery which offers visitors a stunning view of the Hebridean coastline.

Business Gateway Outer Hebrides has been instrumental to the growth of Shoreline Stoneware and I’ve been able to access a variety of invaluable resources and workshops.

How Business Gateway has helped

As well as providing support with her business plan, Business Gateway signposted Louise to the LEADER project, which unlocked the essential funding that enabled her to open the new gallery space. Louise also accessed DigitalBoost, Scotland’s digital business skills training programme delivered by Business Gateway. Following this support, Louise has implemented a new social media strategy to boost awareness of the business, which has in turn increased sales.

Support Provided

1:1 business advisor support

Advice on funding

Routes to funding

Signposting to wider network

What's next?

Armed with a new digital strategy, social media interaction has been key for Shoreline Stoneware to engage with new customers and raise awareness of the creative gallery space. Louise plans to continue this work to offer a new tourist attraction in the local area and showcase the beautiful new products.

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