Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting an iconic Highland pottery, which has over 30 years experience in the business, in its bid to tap into new online markets with a three year investment project.
Highland Stoneware, based near Lochinver in West Sutherland, produces a distinctive brand of gift and tableware inspired by the natural environment of the Highlands and Islands, including ranges like ‘Landscape’, ‘Machair’ and recently ‘Homecoming 2009′.
The business was launched in 1974 by David Grant, who was then studying ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London.
He commented: “We have worked hard to build up a strong creative brand and as well as our shops in Lochinver and Ullapool we sell direct by mail order and supply a range of quality retailers. Like everyone working in today’s economic climate it is important we are proactive in reaching out to new markets.
“Thanks to a collaboration with HIE and their innovative ‘Byte the Bullet’ business improvement programme, we have been looking closely at the best ways of using technology to benefit our business.