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Border Tablet


With business advice and grant funding provided by the CXProject; entrepreneurs Michael & Susan Robertson have been able to accelerate growth plans for Langholm based confectionery manufacturers Border Tablet. When Michael and Susan bought the company some 10 months ago, they recognised considerable potential and wanted to build on the success of the previous owners who established the business some 14 years ago.

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Michael said, "There are very few businesses like us that still produce Traditional Scottish Tablet by hand. We're proud that our products are made from a family inherited recipe with no modern-day additives or artificial preservatives, just like our Grannies used to make."

In partnership with Business Gateway, the team at the CXProject provided business mentoring and Support, as well as grant assistance. This has helped Border Tablet achieve many of their initial objectives far more quickly and works funded by the CXProject grant included rebranding, design of packaging & point of sale material, website design and the installation of efficient new kitchen equipment.

These measures have delivered significant business benefit. Rebranding work has helped position the company as a specialist artisan producer of handmade Scottish confectionery. A new range of flavoured tablets to be stocked by more specialist retail food stores is in the pipeline and the new website has been optimised for mobile & tablet devices. The replacement of ageing kitchen equipment has produced many benefits realising efficiencies in the production process whilst also delivering a dramatic reduction in electricity bills.

Michael Continued, "Our advice for other businesses in Annandale & Eskdale looking to develop and grow is. Go for It!" The grant application process was very straightforward and everyone involved was ex-tremely supportive and helpful during the whole process. The fact that it has to be spent within 3 months was in itself a benefit, it helps to focus the mind and ensure that objectives and timescales are met ensur-ing that the benefits of it are felt quickly."

John Grierson, site director at Chapelcross said, "Border Tablet is just the latest example that the CXProject is making a real, positive difference in sustaining and growing local businesses to mitigate the impact on the local economy of the future decommissioning of Chapelcross. In the current economic climate, this grant has will allow Border Tablet to position and brand themselves strongly within the market place."

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Entrepreneurs in Annandale & Eskdale looking to take advantage of support from the CX Project can contact Bev Bamford on 01387 273996 or alternatively an online enquiry may be made.