On Thursday evening, we were delighted to win the Business Start-Up Award at the Scottish Rural Awards. The ceremony and gala dinner was held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh to celebrate the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.
We had over 70 nominations in our category and a very competitive short-list of ten – so being named the winner is fantastic recognition of the work everyone has put in to make sure GlenWyvis gets off to the best possible start – as the world's first 100% community-owned distillery.
Congratulations to fellow Dingwall business Highland Cookhouse on winning the runners up award. Brilliant evening for Dingwall!
The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in Scotland's countryside. Now in their fourth year, the Awards are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The three tickets for the GlenWyvis team were funded through prize money won from the Plunkett Foundation in December.
With the distillery fully operational, the GlenWyvis board has applied for planning permission to commence carefully managed distillery tours for members and visitors alike. Our application is currently being considered – and we are asking all friends and members to support it.
Tours are a vitally important part of any distillery – but especially an award-winning one that is already creating jobs and local economic growth. What's more, with our plan for an electric bus shuttle service from Dingwall town centre – our tours will have the added benefit of bringing visitors into Dingwall both before and after every tour.
View our application. Simply create a user account, and then choose member of the public to leave a letter of support! Make sure your voice is heard! Every letter will help – and we are counting on your support! Please also share this post widely so that we reach as many friends and supporters as possible. Thanks.
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