6 years ago Iain Mackenzie and Kate Thornhill started up their business, leaving managerial jobs in the hotel trade, to make jam. But not any old jam! In the first year Perthshire Preserves won a Bronze Award, and has continued winning awards. The most recent, a Gold Award, for their Orange Marmalade with 12yr old Deanston Malt whisky, and two other Silver Awards. At the start their range was small, with just 6 products, now they have around 70. Many coming and going throughout the year, as seasonal ingredients are used. The top seller is Lemon Curd.
After 5 years of working from home Iain and Kate moved the business to larger premises. When I arrived at the unit in Stirling, the most delicious smell of Orange Marmalade in the making met me, my mouth watering instantly. Iain and Kate do all the preparing and making of the preserves themselves.
It is hard work but clearly rewarding. They also sell from many of the local farmers markets including Stockbridge in Edinburgh, Perth and Aberdeen. On their first market stall 6 years ago they took £40 and were delighted. Things have moved on apace for them!
The success of Perthshire Preserves has been achieved through much hard work by Iain and Kate. Congratulations from Mark Murphy & Partner. We are proud to supply them and you should try their lemon curd, it’s very, very good…