Ferovinum fuels Holyrood Distillery’s international ambitions with £2m funding package

Ferovinum fuels Holyrood Distillery's international ambitions with £2m funding package

Gregor Mathieson

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery has secured a substantial funding package of over £2 million from specialist wine and spirits fintech Ferovinum to propel its domestic and international growth plans in 2024 and beyond.

This funding will be utilised to unlock capital from Holyrood’s maturing cask inventory, facilitating the expansion of its innovative whisky, gin, and rum brands into overseas markets.

Part of Scotland’s dynamic new wave of whisky production, Holyrood Distillery was founded in 2019 and is dedicated to producing spirits that are worthy of the capital city and its proud past as a centre of brewing and distilling.

The funding announcement follows the release last October of the distillery’s inaugural whisky ‘Arrival’ – one of the first single malt whiskies to be produced in Edinburgh in a century.

Ferovinum fuels Holyrood Distillery's international ambitions with £2m funding package

Holyrood Distillery

Ferovinum is the only funding platform dedicated solely to wine and spirits enterprises. Its proprietary, first-of-its-kind technology is deployed to meet the specific funding and growth needs of businesses in these sectors, in a more agile and cost-effective way compared to traditional funding options.

The platform works by holding ring-fenced assets during production, storage, global distribution and retail fulfilment, giving companies the flexibility to convert their maturing stock into capital at any point, whenever its needed. Crucially, Ferovinum’s technology also integrates with supply chain, logistics and other business functions to deliver greater efficiencies across the business process.

The specialist capabilities of Ferovinum’s technology and team were key for Holyrood Distillery managing director Huw Wright, who explained: “Ferovinum has allowed Holyrood Distillery to unlock future plans earlier, with ease and speed.

“The Ferovinum team go above and beyond to be true partners, finding solutions to any hurdles that arise. Holyrood Distillery has some ambitious plans in place so we require partners who can keep up, see the vision and enhance it.

“This is exactly why Ferovinum was chosen and asked to come on board, and we are thrilled that they have agreed to come along on this exciting journey with us.”

Ferovinum’s director of spirits Gregor Mathieson added: “The Holyrood team has achieved a remarkable feat in the past few years, bringing a thriving new Distillery to the heart of Edinburgh and leading a bold new era of modern whisky making in Scotland.

“Following the success of their excellent first single malt Arrival, this is their time to grow, and to showcase their highly innovative and extraordinarily good spirits to the world.

“Their need for partners who share their ambition, and who can provide genuine, specialist and hands-on support, means they are a perfect fit for Ferovinum and our technology.

“With the brilliant foundation they have put in place, we know that Holyrood’s spirits are ready for take off, and we are very proud to be playing a part in their ongoing success.”

Ferovinum was founded in 2018 by finance experts Mitchel Fowler and Daniel Gibney – both also wine and spirits enthusiasts. Initially launched to support the UK’s burgeoning wine industry, the business expanded into the whisky and spirits sector in 2022.

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