European Structural and Investment Funds

CASE STUDY: Dunnet Bay Distillers – Highlands and Islands Enterprise (European Regional Development Fund)

November 26, 2019 by No Comments | Category Case study

Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) Innovate Your Business programme provides support and services to businesses in the Highlands and Islands region. It is supported with £750,000 of allocated grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

During this programme HIE have supported many businesses in research and development, implementing new ideas and improving existing services. Dunnet Bay Distillers is one company who, thanks to HIE’s support, has been able to scale up from its roots as a small-scale cottage industry.

The company grew much more quickly than the expectations of owners Martin and Claire, which prompted them to contact HIE’s Innovation team. “Being a small family business, we were struggling to find the time or find those with the skill set to help us get things done,” says Martin.

“HIE gave us help sourcing people who had the expertise for the things we didn’t have time to do. They were very supportive during the development of some of our more challenging products. Without their help these products may have disappeared, but HIE’s assistance made their development and completion possible.”

To read the full story of Dunnet Bay Distillers and others supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Innovate Your Business programme, visit:

Project details

  • Operation name: Innovation Service
  • ERDF contribution: £749,925
  • Total expenditure: £1,499,850
  • Lead Partner: Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Thematic Objective: 1. Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Programme: European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020


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