Hebridean Spa success at Scottish EDGE awards

The Highlands and Islands finalists of the Scottish EDGE: Clive Rumbold, MotoScotland; Malcolm Macrae, Hebridean Spa; Seb Jones, Speyside Craft Brewery; Magnus Houston, Coast and Glen; Fiona Hogg, Coast and Glen; Kirsteen Stewart, Kirsteen Stewart Carol Smillie, Diary Dolls (Edinburgh-based)

The Highlands and Islands finalists of the Scottish EDGE: Clive Rumbold, MotoScotland; Malcolm Macrae, Hebridean Spa; Seb Jones, Speyside Craft Brewery; Magnus Houston, Coast and Glen; Fiona Hogg, Coast and Glen; Kirsteen Stewart, Kirsteen Stewart Carol Smillie, Diary Dolls (Edinburgh-based)

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A Lewis based business has been awarded £50,000 to expand as part of a total £173,500 awarded recently at the Scottish EDGE competition.

The Scottish EDGE competition is designed to help innovative young Scottish companies to expand and grow by creating more jobs in Scotland and taking advantage of opportunities to move into international markets.

And Hebridean Spa won the money to assist move the business into new UK spa markets, develop overseas markets, attend trade shows in the UK and abroad, and move to a larger premises in Stornoway to scale up production.

Malcolm Macrae is the founder of Hebridean Spa – a company which produces a luxury skincare range called ‘ishga’ using organic products.

“I am very pleased I was successful,” Malcolm said. “It’s a really good boost for us. We were doing well as it was but this cash injection into the company is a welcome boost.

“We are now going to move into new, larger premises in Stornoway where we can scale up production and we are looking to recruit a full time sales person and to recruit more people on the production side of the products too.”

Other Highland and Island based companies successful in the Scottish EDGE competition were Coast & Glen from Inverness (£24,000); MotoScotland from Argyll (£50,000), and Kirsteen Stewart, a fashion designer from Orkney (£50,000).