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Making waves in the quality foods market

Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic well-being of Scotland by providing access to free business support services. They give assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business by a combination of : Online support; a programme of free local workshops and events held throughout Scotland; advice to suit specific business needs through a network of experienced business advisers; business information – a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business.

How a range of support, funding and advice helped Natalie Crayton to build her business

Natalie Crayton launched Hebridean Sea Salt, based in South Lochs, in 2012 after spotting a gap in the market for Scottish sea salt. Thanks to funding advice secured through Business Gateway, Natalie, who studied marine biology, was able to build her own unique production unit manufacturing 600 packs of salt a week.

Now, with two new varieties, Peat Smoked and Seaweed infused, demand for her crunchy sea salt made using the unpolluted water off the Isle of Lewis has grown. 2013 saw her win £35,000 of Scottish Edge funding and Natalie has now secured £180,000 of further investment from private investors and the Bank of Scotland, with an additional £120,000 coming from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to install new plant and equipment to increase production to 2000 packets per day.

She said:

"Without the advice and funding secured through Business Gateway and Highlands and Islands Enterprise I wouldn't have been able to get so far. We now supply all 400 Scottish Co-op stores and are about to launch into Waitrose this investment will allow us to grow sales significantly and start to implement our export strategy".

“Without the advice and funding secured through Business Gateway and Highlands and Islands Enterprise I wouldn’t have been able to get so far. ”

- Natalie Crayton, Managing Director

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