Tarbert, Inverness, Aberdeen…and now Glasgow.  Wednesday October 30th was the latest great day for the rapidly growing Essence of Harris brand as they opened the doors of their latest store in Princes Square in Glasgow. 

Company founders Jamie McGowan and Deenie Macleod, along with one of their new employees Caris, were on hand to welcome their first customers from 10am.

Jamie said: “We’re thrilled to be in Glasgow, and proud to have been able to expand the Essence of Harris team with seven new staff members. 

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has awarded a £14.3 million contract to civil engineering and building contractor, RJ McLeod Limited, to carry out upgrade works at Tarbert Ferry Terminal.

 The infrastructure upgrade work at Tarbert is part of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project, which involves significant harbour upgrades at the three ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig.  

The work is designed to improve and modernise harbour facilities and prepare the way for new vessels which are still under construction at the now-Government-owned Ferguson shipyard on the Clyde, where work has fallen years behind schedule.

If you've ever enjoyed a drop of Harris gin, there's a fair chance you've savoured one of the first island flavours distilled by apothecary Amanda Saurin.

Amanda's name is on the tiny bottles of aromatic water, distilled using sugar kelp gathered by wild-food harvester Lewis Mackenzie and ready to be dropped sparingly into the island's own gin.  Her connection with Harris started with that aromatic water and with the creation of fragrant apothecary skin products such as hand-wash, bath salts and a weather-defying balm, all made with plants that grow wild in the Outer Hebrides.

But for the whole of six years creating the intoxicating sensory treats, Amanda has been just a regular visitor to Harris.  Her business, A S Apothecary, is based in Lewes, in East Sussex, where she distils roses, lavender and other plants grown onan 80-acre organic farm.  Even going back to all that, she's suffered many a regretful departure from the shores of Harris.

Fast-growing Tarbert-based company Essence of Harris – which includes outlets in Inverness and Aberdeen – has come home with another major business award.  

The company won the won the ‘Outstanding Performing Small Business’ award at the 2019 Highland Business Awards, part of the seventh Highland Business Week

The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals throughout the region. 

Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills officially opened the new Loomshed Hebridean Brewery in Tarbert, Harris on Tuesday 27th August.

 The opening of the doors to Harris’ first brewery marks the culmination of 18 months of planning, already creating two new local jobs, with more to follow.

After cutting the ribbon, Jamie Hepburn MSP said, “It’s encouraging to see another new business launch in Harris, and the launch of Loomshed serves to reflect the growth and increasing confidence in the local economy.