A Prince’s Trust supported young entrepreneur has won a prestigious prize at this year’s Scottish Institute of Directors Awards for his efforts to bring delicious and healthy rapeseed oil to foodies in Scotland and beyond.
Gregor Mackintosh had the idea of producing high quality cold-pressed rapeseed oil as Scotland’s answer to the Mediterranean’s olive oil, while studying agriculture at college.
Funding from The Prince’s Trust enabled Gregor to launch his business when he was just 21 and over the last five years he has grown Mackintosh of Glendaveny into a muti award-winning brand.
The top prize for The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland category at the recent Scottish Institute of Directors Awards, is the latest honour to be awarded to the young business. Since starting up Mackintosh of Glendaveny has won a variety of plaudits, including top prize for Environmental Sustainability at last year’s Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards.
Speaking of the latest honour Gregor said: “The Institute of Directors is a highly regarded organisation so it was fantastic to have the business recognised at that level. The loan from The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland programme meant I could get started and build-up the brand. The business has now grown to be the largest and most efficient producer in the country operating on a 0% waste policy.
“Going forward I’m hoping to build up our current customer relationships and attract new customers further afield.
We are already exporting to the Middle East and looking at exporting to new markets overseas.”