Whitby Gin Distillery receives Growth Hub support


Whitby Gin Distillery was started in 2017 when Jess Slater and Luke Pentith came up with the idea on a trip to the Outer Hebrides. After coming up a business plan, they ordered a still, and began to distil an array of botanicals which they then used to create an extensive library of flavours. And just forty-five trials later, they found the perfect recipe for their gin.

Picture of several rows of Whitby Gin

A local, luxury product

Whitby Gin includes foraged ingredients and botanicals including raw honey, heather from the North York Moors, and sugar kelp from Robin Hood’s Bay. Jess and Luke do everything by hand, including labelling and numbering the bottles to create their artisan, high quality product, at the luxury end of the market.

Picture of Jess as she researches by her computer, reading books

After nine months of research and development, Whitby Gin was launched from Luke’s parents’ tiny utility room. Quickly though, demand became so great that it was obvious to Jess and Luke that they needed the time, space and resources to allow them to keep up with their business growth. They both gave up their full time jobs in order to concentrate on the business and moved production out of the utility room and into a larger, albeit temporary, accommodation.

Picture of Jess Slater (a woman) and Luke Pentith (a man) at Whitby Distillery, with a number of Whitby Gin bottles in front of them.

Accessing Support

Whitby Distillery received help from the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub’s Growth Managers who helped them access support to start to look more closely at the export market. They were also linked up with training in areas they felt they needed to develop, such as in sales. The distillery even received cash to buy vital pieces of equipment such as a labeling machine and bottle rinsing apparatus.

Picture of Jess and Luke putting labels on the completed Whitby Gin bottles

World Gin Awards Winners

In the year since they launched, Whitby Gin has picked up five major awards including Best British London Dry Gin at the World Gin Awards.

Picture of Jess as she works on bottling Whitby Gin

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