How we've helped Cornish Rock Gin
A dog walk on Rock beach near their North Cornish home gave Angie Malde and husband George the inspirational setting for a new business venture that would see them produce a collection of sumptuous spirits.
Cornish Rock Gin is distilled by hand in small batches using pure Cornish spring water and botanicals. Since launching their new venture, Angie and George have diversified their product range to include five different gins and two spiced rums. Thanks to continued growth, they have also been able to employ another member of staff, Jane Rickard, as well as two seasonal part-time staff.
Rock Gin supplies 50 farm shops in Cornwall and Devon and St Austell Brewery’s estate, and the business is now looking for distributors in London.
They were so positive and supportive of us right from the beginning
How we helped
Angie began speaking with the Growth Hub team in March 2018, as she looked for ways to transform her business ambitions into reality.
After meeting with Business Connector Mark Harris, Angie and George were signposted for further support including Unlocking Potential’s Breakthrough Cornwall team for start-up business support; Superfast Business Cornwall for web and online support; Avanti’s Connecting Rural Cornwall project for subsidised broadband at their house; the BIG2 grant scheme to help fund machinery, and SWMAS, which supports growth in manufacturing businesses.
Angie explained: “Because of the signposting, we were able to receive grant funding to help us buy our first still which is named Bonanza Boy, after my favourite racehorse,” said Angie. “We have also been supported to purchase a bottling plant which is transforming our efficiency and the scale and growth of production.”
"The Growth Hub got to know our business and suggested organisations that could help us reach our business goals. Most importantly, they were so positive and supportive of us right from the beginning and really helped to show us that we could make this business work."