Ladderlimb secures 25K

Holding his latest award, "Scottish Hedge Award" in his left hand, the accolades and awards are stacking up for Ladderlimb inventor Alistair Taylor. GG 2002044 13

Holding his latest award, "Scottish Hedge Award" in his left hand, the accolades and awards are stacking up for Ladderlimb inventor Alistair Taylor. GG 2002044 13

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Another week, another top award for Ladderlimb, the company started by New Luce sheep farmer Alistair Talyor to market his innovative handyman’s tool, having scooped funding of £25,000 in Monday night’s Scottish EDGE Awards.

The inaugural EDGE scheme, set up by the Scottish government to support and encourage start-up business to grow with saw an initial entry of 235 applicants last autumn. This number was whittled down to 20 - with the best 17 getting funding awards.

The applicants had to face a grilling from a Dragon’s Den style panel that included leading entrepreneurs Sir Tom Hunter, Sir Willie Haughey, Julie Grieve of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business trust, Alex Paterson of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and RBS’s Gordon Merrylees. Applicants also had to provide a one minute video presentation on their product.

Alistair Taylor said: “ This gives us a great boost and we can now book our trip to the trade show in Las Vegas as well as a top trade show in Cologne, Germany.

“We had a great reception at a trade show in Ireland last weekend so it’s just a case of getting the orders out now, then I’ll have six week break to do the lambing!”