Ever wondered what it is like to work with the SSC team on a grant application?
Here's the story of what happened with East Coast Cured, the Scottish Charcuterie Company from Edinburgh in their Founder, Susie Anderson's own words
"In late summer of 2021 I was made aware of a large Scottish Government grant that would be opening 'soon' that would benefit the growth of our Scottish cured meat business significantly. As is typical for me I was convinced I could embark on this process alone, however having set aside some time to review the application properly I went into panic mode and contacted as many people as possible to see whether they could recommend someone experienced to support me through the process.
That's where Strategic Scientific Consulting (SSC) came in (courtesy of a mutual contact - Kevin Walls at Scottish EDGE). Despite SSC not having experience in our specific market sector, it became very clear from our first meeting that they were exactly who we needed to be working with. SSC has a huge amount of experience in writing grant applications and it was incredibly helpful having objective eyes on the application but also on the business as a whole.
The grant window was supposed to open in December 2021 so initially we thought our relationship with SSC would be very intense and short lived. The grant window didn't open until May 2022 so we had almost 6 months to refine the grant application as well as properly shape our project and 3-year business plan.
Cait and team have been excellent throughout the process and we genuinely couldn't have done it without them. From the very first meeting they were professional, communicated clearly and timely and explained things in a way that made sense to us and our business. Cait was at the end of the phone when required and gave me the pushes and pep-talks I needed at just the right time. Not only do I think we've submitted an incredibly strong grant application but we have a solid 3 year business plan that SSC has helped to shape too. We're glad we ended up having the 6 months working with SSC as our project proposal is a whole lot stronger than it would have been back in December 2021.
We're already looking forward to working with SSC again on future applications!"