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Moidart Trust Awards Grant to the Isle of Skye Baking Company

17 December 2013

The Moidart Trust has awarded an Enterprise Grant to the Isle of Skye Baking Company (ISBC). This funding will create a new brand identity and develop an e-commerce site to meet increased production. 

ISBC believe that stronger brand identity and improved e-commerce site will help continued growth of the local market and also develop new markets by exporting to Europe.  Lewis based BlackHouse Creative which also received support from the Moidart Trust two years ago, is developing the new brand identity.

ISBC was established by Liza and Barry Hawthorne as a self-employed partnership in 2007. The couple brings a wide range of catering trade experience to the business and Barry is a trained pastry chef.

Several years ago IOSBC received their first grant from Moidart Trust which enabled them to purchase specialist catering equipment to produce quality goods for distribution to help them expand. This helped boost their sales, strengthen the local supply chain, and most importantly created seven part time jobs for local people.

Liza Hawthorne, a Director of IOSBC, said “The Moidart Trust has offered a huge source of inspiration and motivation to us. From early stages of development 3 years ago, to a recent funding award, we have always received positive acknowledgment and support. Our current funding application outlined our imminent requirement for redevelopment of our visual branding and development of an ecommerce website. We offered a brief to a number of design companies, but it was BlackHouse Creative (who we had met previously at an event run by The Moidart Trust), who gave us a clearly defined proposal.

To date we have been working with Richard Chyzy of BlackHouse, and he has been instrumental in developing a fantastic new visual brand identity for us. We will be launching this at the Scotland Speciality food show in January, and our new web site shall launch shortly thereafter.

We would highly recommend to any small business on the West Coast to make contact with the Moidart Trust as for the Isle of Skye Baking Company, it has been instrumental in opening the doors of entrepreneurship and business growth”.

The Moidart Trust Enterprise Grants programme provides grants for local businesses.  The aim of the programme is to enhance prosperity and promote thriving communities in North West Scotland by supporting sustainable local business and employment opportunities.  Foundation Scotland manages the fund on the behalf of the Moidart Trust. 



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