A Thirst for Growth

Purely Scottish

Consumers across the world develop a taste for Scottish produce

The £12bn Scottish food and drink sector is ramping up investment and creating jobs to target new markets.

One Scottish business that has a thirst for growth is mineral water company, Purely Scottish.
The company had been renting its premises in Oldhamstocks, near Dunbar.

However, they wanted to be able to secure long-term and direct access to natural mineral water, sourced from its own organic certified land, as well as bottling and labelling it at source.

The water lies deep within the Lammermuir Hills in the Scottish Borders. It’s believed to be around 800 years old and is filtered naturally through ancient sandstone.

Turning on the tap

£340,000 of funding from Bank of Scotland meant that the company were able to purchase their premises outright. This means the company can plan significant growth for the business in the year ahead, which will include expanding sales beyond Scotland for the first time.

Purely Scottish is now predicting a sales growth of around £1.8 million in the next twelve months by increasing its production and expanding its supply across Scotland and into the rest of the UK for the first time. The deal with Bank of Scotland is also supporting 40 local jobs as well as helping to create a further eight new positions at the Oldhamstocks site.

Turning on the tap

Fluid Movement

Bank of Scotland support in helping to buy the site is helping to strengthen the Purely Scottish brand as one of Scotland’s leading premium natural mineral water producers, which includes a range of still, sparkling and Fruit 'n' Vits flavoured water varieties. And that in turn is creating jobs for the local communities.

It’s a really exciting time for the Purely Scottish brand. We’re now able to secure the future of our Scottish natural mineral water, which is sourced directly from our privately-owned site near Dunbar.

John Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, Managing Director, Purely Scottish

  1. Prediction for Scotland's food and drink industry by 2018 - Bank of Scotland’s report – An Appetite for Growth: Ambition and Opportunity for Scotland’s food and drink industry