A new chapter for the Scottish kitchen manufacturer
James Scott and Sons, a thriving Scottish manufacturer of commercial kitchens, is ready to embark on an exciting new chapter thanks to a £450,000 grant secured by Consilium Chartered Accountants. The grant, awarded through Scottish Enterprise’s Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) programme, will fuel the company’s move to a modern, efficient factory.
The company, which has been in business for over 100 years, specialises in designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke kitchens for hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals and other sectors. The company has a strong reputation for quality, innovation and customer service, and has worked with some of the most prestigious names in the hospitality industry, such as The Balmoral, Gleneagles and The Old Course Hotel.
The company currently operates from two sites in Edinburgh, but has outgrown its premises and faces challenges with logistics, storage and production capacity. The new factory, which will be located in Livingston, will enable the company to consolidate its operations, increase its efficiency, reduce its environmental impact and create new jobs.
A smooth and successful grant application process
The company had never applied for grant funding before and was daunted by the application process. It also lacked the time and resources to complete the application. That’s when it turned to Consilium Chartered Accountants, a leading firm of accountants and business advisers, for help.
Consilium has a close working relationship with Scottish Enterprise and a wealth of experience in securing grant funding for its clients. Linzi Wilson, Corporate Finance Partner at Consilium, led the team that crafted a compelling application showcasing the positive impact of a new factory on James Scott and Sons’ efficiency, employee well-being, and ultimately, the Scottish economy.
The application was successful and the company was awarded £450,000 through the RSA programme, which supports projects that will create or safeguard jobs in Scotland. The grant will cover part of the costs of acquiring and fitting out the new factory, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2024.
A rewarding partnership and a bright future
The company is delighted with the help and support Consilium provided and praised the smooth and hassle-free process. Stuart Scott, co-owner of James Scott and Sons, said: “We are very grateful to Linzi and the Consilium team for their expertise and guidance. They made the whole process easy and stress-free and ensured we got the best possible outcome. The grant funding will make a huge difference to our business and allow us to grow and thrive in the future.”
Consilium will continue to support James Scott and Sons throughout the transition to their new premises and the drawdown of their RSA grant award. Linzi Wilson said: “It has been a pleasure to work with James Scott and Sons and help them secure this funding. They are a fantastic example of a successful Scottish family business with a long history and a bright future. Supporting their journey towards even greater success is what motivates us at Consilium.”