Entrepreneur Scott Davies is seeing his dream realised after securing NatWest and Lombard funding to expand his homemade honey business.
Hilltop Honey, based in Caersws, Powys, specialises in retailing flavoured honey straight from the hive, and has purchased and refurbished new premises to support its growth after receiving funding worth £368,000.
The money has allowed Scott to customise the business unit and support Hilltop’s business needs. He has purchased top-of-the-range equipment to help increase its market share.
The move will additionally enable Hilltop to expand and hire new local employees. The business already hires staff through training schemes, and runs its own in-house training programme to develop skills and expertise.
Scott has long kept bees as a hobby and first began making honey in his mother’s kitchen. Having rapidly outgrown the kitchen table, his business quickly expanded, and it now trades with the likes of Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Ocado.
As Scott explained:
“We were thrilled to secure contracts with some of the big supermarkets, but we needed to expand to fulfil our orders. Our new premises mean we can increase our production and hire new people, and we would not have been able to do that without NatWest’s help.”
NatWest Relationship Manager, Irene Gill, said:
“What you have in Hilltop Honey is a business with a truly unique offering. It provides customers with high-quality homemade products at reasonable prices, and its remarkable growth has reflected that. At the same time, it actively engages its local employees in growth programmes and gives them a chance to hone their skills, which has a really positive impact on a lot of people.
“It’s been a pleasure to witness and support Hilltop’s growth over the years, and I’m very much looking forward to what the future will bring for Scott and his team.”