Win­ners set to show­case at Best of the West fes­ti­val

Campbeltown Courier - - BUSINESS -

THE SIX win­ners of the Busi­ness Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute com­pe­ti­tion to win a trade stand for a day at the Best of the West fes­ti­val have been an­nounced.

Now in its fourth year, the com­pe­ti­tion in­vited lo­cal busi­nesses to pitch by shar­ing what is spe­cial about their ven­ture and why their prod­ucts would be a good fit at the fes­ti­val.

The busi­nesses se­lected to show­case their prod­ucts in the Busi­ness Gate­way-spon­sored craft tent this year are - The Puffer Food Com­pany with its range of pre­serves; The Divine Hag, of­fer­ing hand crafted aro­mather­apy sprays; Mummy’s Sew Crafty with a range of hand­made chil­dren’s clothes and ac­ces­sories; Sea Harr Houses which cre­ates unique lit­tle houses and fig­ures us­ing drift­wood, re­cy­cled wood, ma­te­rial and felt; Wooly­hatz, with knit­ted and hand cro­cheted hats, scarves and gloves; and Annie Pins, with a range of tex­tile quilts, bags, purses and bunting made from Har­ris tweed, linens and vin­tage fabrics.

Held at In­ver­aray Cas­tle on Septem­ber 9 and 10, the fes­ti­val is set to at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike. All the win­ners are de­lighted to be tak­ing part and are look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful event.

One of the win­ners, ar­ti­san food pro­ducer The Puffer Food Com­pany, is based on Eas­dale Is­land and sells a range of lux­ury, award-win­ning pre­serves through­out Scot­land. Founded by Keren Caf­ferty, its range of jams, chut­neys and con­fec­tionery are pro­duced from the kitchen of the award win­ning Puffer Bar and Restau­rant.

Keren also sells a range of con­tem­po­rary ham­pers which fea­ture her own prod­ucts, along­side other Ar­gyll pro­duc­ers. The ham­pers are avail­able to buy on­line at www.puffer­food­com­

Keren said: ‘I own an award-win­ning bar and restau­rant on a tiny ru­ral is­land which, al­though open all year, is pre­dom­i­nantly sea­sonal trad­ing, so to sur­vive you have to di­ver­sify.

‘I be­lieve in lo­cally-sourced pro­duce that is freshly pre­pared and also sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of this is­land com­mu­nity by cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. This ethos led to the de­vel­op­ment of a range of pre­serves.

‘To be named as a win­ner and to have our own stand at the Best of the West fes­ti­val is fan­tas­tic for us. It will al­low us to let more peo­ple know all about and sam­ple our range and how we cre­ate it on our tiny is­land.’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Best of the West fes­ti­val and to buy tick­ets, visit

To find out more how Busi­ness Gate­way can help you set up and de­velop your own busi­ness call 01546 808363 or visit www.bgate­­gyll-and-bute

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