2009 - Gregor Mackintosh (Mackintosh of Glendaveny)
Gregor Mackintosh launched his business, Mackintosh of Glendaveny, in 2009 on the family farm in Aberdeenshire and made it through to the UK final of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009. He spotted the market opportunity after completing a dissertation on the likely demand for rapeseed oil – low in saturated fats and high in healthy omega three, six and nine.
Mackintosh of Glendaveny rapeseed oil
The business is now the biggest of its type in Scotland, supplying not just Asda, but a multitude of independent outlets and caterers too. The Asda order has resulted in a £50,000 investment in new storage tanks and an automatic bottling line. The extra facilities give Gregor the capability to press rapeseed day and night freeing him up to spend more time on other areas of the business.
As well as the traditional rapeseed oil Gregor started out producing he now produces three variants that have been infused with garlic, jalapeno, chilli and lemon. He has also produced a ginger infusion oil which was made for a fish processor but is about to go on sale to retailers, while in the future he has plans to release his own brand of oatcakes that are made using the oil.
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For more photos of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 final and Shell LiveWIRE LIVE! event, please visit: www.shell-livewire.org/network/event/16/
You can watch a video of all 8 finalists elevator pitches at the 2009 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year final in the top right hand corner of your screen.