After having successfully progressed through the first two stages, Wilsons Pet Food, who produce Cold Pressed and Raw Frozen dog food in Scotland, were thrilled to be announced as a winner after the final stage of the Scottish EDGE 15 awards on Tuesday 3rd December.
Scottish EDGE is the UK's biggest funding competition for small businesses, aiming to help accelerate the success of companies who have demonstrated encouraging growth. They also provide a business support package that includes mentoring, support and signposting to alternative finance.
Over 250 companies pitched in this year's competition, and these were whittled down to just 18 for the final pitch in front of a live audience at the RBS Conference Centre in Gogarburn, Edinburgh. The event was also guested by Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur and star of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den series, and fellow high-profile entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter, whose Hunter Foundation is one of the key supporters of Scottish EDGE.
Wilsons have been producing pet food in Scotland for over 150 years and were one of only a small number of businesses to win awards. They came away with an impressive £50,000 having witnessed 500% growth since buying the business through investment in the UK's first purpose built cold pressed manufacturing facility, followed by the opening of a new frozen dog food factory in October 2019.
The number of stockists using Wilsons products has increased to over 160 and now, with the help of securing this investment, they are looking forward to watching this continue to grow with exciting new product launches and further spreading the word of “Scotland’s best kept secret”.
Craig Wallace, Wilsons Pet Food’s Managing Director, says “Winning Scottish EDGE is a great achievement for the team at Wilsons. This investment is going to greatly help us expand our team here and further support our independent retailers. It will also help us launch our new range of premium natural treats, coming out in Spring 2020.”
Our Cold Pressed dog food and Raw Frozen dog food is available online with free delivery over £30* spend (*T&Cs and restrictions apply), or you can buy from a number of independent stockists, find your closest using our Where to Buy map.