A preserve making business, which started as a hobby for Pittenweem-based interior designer, Fiona Audsley, has become a full-time job, which is keeping her busier than ever.
Fiona started Pittenweem Preserves four years ago and is currently basking in the success of having secured a significant contract to make two limited edition marmalades (one Seville orange, the other with a whisky twist) for The R&A’s 150th Open, which takes place in St Andrews in July 2022.
Fiona Audsley explained: “To be asked by The R&A to make and present two limited edition marmalades for its 150th Open is an incredible honour! There’s lots of work going on behind the scenes, working with local suppliers to get the labels and jars right, but then it will be full steam ahead to ensure we can deliver on the order ahead of next July.
“This endorsement from The R&A is significant, and we hope it will lead to more prestigious contracts, and that Pittenweem Preserves will be on the shelves of even more premium retailers soon.”
Pittenweem Preserves has had its COVID-19 challenges. Supplying several tourist attractions, including the National Trust for Scotland, orders were on hold during lockdown but regular orders have now returned over the summer.”
As a client of Business Gateway Fife, Fiona’s adviser, Alasdair Busby, was able to access a Fife Trade Development Programme Support grant for the business. Alasdair commented: “This grant will allow Pittenweem Preserves to showcase their extremely high-quality products as part of the Tastes of Fife area at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show to be held in Glasgow in January. This Show and recognition by the R&A, ahead of next year’s prestigious 150th Open, stands Fiona in good stead for future growth and development.”
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