Enterprising Barra shop takes hat-trick of honours
A COMMUNITY local produce hub in the Western Isles is in line for a hat-trick of awards – and is inspiring other communities to follow in its footsteps.
Bùth Bharraigh Ltd, based in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra, has won the Scottish Rural Parliament Rural Innovators Award 2016 for best business.
The award recognises projects, people and organisations that improve life in rural communities across Scotland. It has also won the Rural Business Awards 2016 prize for Britain’s best community project.
Bùth Bharraigh was also shortlisted for the Rural Community Ownership Award and was also a finalist in the Independent Food and Drink retailer of the year category of the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.
The community- owned shop, founded by a small group of producers in 2013, sells quality goods and produce from local suppliers in Barra and Vatersay, as well as offering employment, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
Sarah MacLean, managing di- rector of Bùth Bharraigh, said: ‘We are delighted and honoured to have received these awards and it is testament to all our volunteers, producers and staff who have worked so hard to get us where we are today.’
Sarah MacLean in Buth shop.