Holyrood Distillery's Bottle No. 1 sells for £8,000

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Easton Capital backed Holyrood Distillery has launched its inaugural single malt whisky, Arrival, with the first bottle selling at auction for £8,000.

The Edinburgh distillery’s new single malt – one of the first produced in the Scottish capital in 100 years – was launched late last year with a limited run of 8,188 bottles.

Bottle number one of the inaugural release was placed with premier auction house, Sotheby’s, and achieved £8,000 under the hammer.

Holyrood opened in 2019 in a former railway building in Edinburgh’s Southside area, near the famous natural landmark Arthur’s Seat. Founded on an ethos of experimentation and pushing the boundaries of traditional spirit making, it has so far released the Height of Arrows gin range, the grain-based Charmed Circle ‘strong waters’, and a number of new-make spirits showcasing different yeast and malt varieties.

The spirit for Arrival was matured in oloroso butts, Pedro Ximénez hogsheads, bourbon barrels, and rum barriques. It was produced with a traditional distilling malt and distillers’ yeast, which Holyrood says will form the “flavour foundation” of its single malt recipes going forward, layered with heritage and speciality malts and yeasts not traditionally used in Scotch whisky production.


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Easton Capital joins £9M Cumulus Oncology investment round

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Easton Capital has completed an investment in Cumulus Oncology alongside the Scottish National Investment Bank and a consortium of private investors led by Eos Advisory. The £9M equity investment will support Cumulus’s portfolio of companies dedicated to developing cancer treatments and fast-tracking the development of new drugs from discovery through clinical trials to patient application.

Founded in 2017 by CEO Dr Clare Wareing, Cumulus Oncology is a cancer therapeutics development company. Based in Edinburgh, it is Europe’s first biotech creation studio and drug discovery accelerator specialising in oncology. Cumulus takes a fresh approach to drug development as both the parent and creator of multiple spin-out companies.

Easton Capital provides long term capital investment to support high growth businesses. It is a division of the Easton Group – a family-owned property and investment business with 50 years’ experience of investing in our communities.


“We are very pleased to announce our investment in Cumulus Oncology, and proud to support its development of pioneering cancer treatments.

Cumulus has a unique business model that allows for the scientific validation of oncology therapies to be fast-tracked while de-risking the investment across a portfolio of assets.”

Steven Easton

Director at Easton Group


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Double letting to Card Factory

Steven

Easton Property has agreed terms with national gift card retailer, Card Factory, for lease extensions at properties it owns in Montrose and Saltcoats. Card Factory has been trading at both sites for almost ten years, and the deal extends the tenancies by a further three years at Montrose and five years at Saltcoats.

Card Factory is the UK’s leading specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, with an estate of over 1,000 stores across UK and Ireland, and annual revenues in excess of £365M.

Easton Property has over 100 commercial properties throughout Scotland. It is a division of the Easton Group – a family-owned property and investment business with 50 years’ experience of investing in communities.


“We are pleased to complete a double lease extension with Card Factory who have been a long-standing tenant in both Montrose and Saltcoats.

This deal demonstrates their commitment to creating outstanding retail destinations locally within our town centres, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them for many years to come.”

Steven Easton

Easton Group director



Green Home Systems reach EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finals

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The founders of Easton Capital portfolio company, Green Home Systems, have been shortlisted as Scotland finalists for the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2023 awards. Brothers Peter and Steven Easton, based in Ayrshire, have been recognised for their achievements in developing an impact-driven business model that seeks to eradicate fuel poverty while decarbonising buildings.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a unique global programme that recognises entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success. The prestigious award celebrates business leaders across the country who strive to better their community, have an innovative spirit and have built an impressive, impactful lasting business legacy during their careers.

Having made the shortlist of finalists, Peter and Steven will now join an esteemed global network of more than 2,500 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni.

The brothers founded Green Home Systems in 2014 as an energy efficiency specialist that operates throughout Scotland with ambition to scale UK-wide. It installs thermal insulation, smart heating systems, renewable energy technologies, and electric vehicle charge points. The impact-driven company has completed more than 16,500 energy efficiency projects, lifted more than 7,000 families out of fuel poverty, and abated more than 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Peter and Steven will be competing against 18 other entrepreneurs in the Scotland region, where previous winners have included Lord Haughey of City Refrigeration and the founders of Ooni Pizzas and QTS. The regional winners will be announced in September and then go on to become national finalists, with the overall UK winner being announced in October.


“We would like to thank all our customers and partners for helping us grow and develop a business of scale and value. We are delighted at the nomination, and the great recognition this brings to our dedicated staff who allow us to make such a significant impact on fuel poverty and climate change.”

Peter Easton

Easton Group director and Green Home Systems co-founder


“We are very humbled to be shortlisted as finalists. There are many outstanding business operating in Scotland and we’re delighted to be recognised alongside them in this prestigious event. We wish the other finalists the best of luck, and thank EY for the opportunity to showcase what we do.”

Steven Easton

Easton Group director and Green Home Systems co-founder



Easton Group bring Christmas cheer to elderly

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Easton Group brought some Christmas cheer to local elderly residents with a special delivery of festive goodies. The gifts were handed over directly by Easton Group staff to sheltered housing residents in Dundonald.

An Easton Group spokesman said, “As a family business, we think it’s important to look after our local community, and these gifts are just a small way we can bring some festive cheer to others.”



Green Home Systems raise £10K for Shelter Scotland

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Easton Capital backed, Green Home Systems, hosted a golf day on 11th October 2022 at the legendary Royal Troon Golf Course in Ayrshire. The event was held to raise funds for Shelter Scotland so that they can continue their fight against poor housing conditions and homelessness.

Royal Troon Golf Course was founded in 1878 and is famous throughout the world for its legendary Old Course. In 2024 it will host its tenth Open attracting the best golfing talent from across the globe.

The charity day was a great success and saw four-ball teams compete from a shotgun start with prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. Winners Dmac Digital claimed victory and were closely followed by Circularity Capital and STV.

The event raised £10,329 for Shelter Scotland and will go towards supporting the most vulnerable people across Scotland who struggle with homelessness and poor housing conditions. The principal sponsor, Green Home Systems, install insulation and renewables throughout Scotland with a particular focus on alleviating fuel poverty and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Home Systems was founded in 2014 by Easton Group directors, Peter Easton and Steven Easton, who now provide strategic guidance and oversight as non-executive directors and board members. The business is operated by an independent senior management team led by Managing Director, Alastair Macphie, who has the ambition and remit to deliver continued high growth for the business and the green economy.


“We really appreciate the fantastic support from our partner Green Home Systems in organising this golf day to raise much needed funds for Shelter Scotland.

It is only with the support of businesses and our communities that we will be able to continue to help those who struggle with bad housing and homeless across Scotland and events like this are vital in our fundraising.”

Michael Hamilton

Shelter Scotland’s Regional Community Fundraiser

“Green Home Systems appreciates the fantastic work being done by Shelter Scotland, and wholeheartedly supports their mission to improve housing conditions in Scotland.

We share a similar mission, and have been working tirelessly with local authorities for the past eight years to alleviate the stresses of the energy crisis on Scottish households by making homes more energy efficient.”

Graeme Kerr

Sales Director at Green Home Systems



Easton Property and TUI agree 30 year partnership

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Leading holiday provider, TUI, has extended its partnership with Easton Property by renewing the lease of its flagship store in Kilmarnock. The deal will extend the holiday provider’s tenancy for a further 5 years until at least 2027, by extending the term of their existing lease to almost 30 years. TUI has leased and operated at these premises since 1999. The 1,400 square foot property is well located on King Street within the pedestrianised area of Kilmarnock town centre.

TUI is one of the world’s leading tourism groups, operating 1,600 travel agencies, 150 aircraft, 400 hotels, and 16 cruise liners. It provides unmatched holiday experiences to 27 million customers in 180 regions.

Easton Property has over 100 commercial properties throughout Scotland. It is a division of the Easton Group – a family-owned property and investment business with 50 years’ experience of investing in communities.


“TUI is a world class travel agent and we are delighted to continue our partnership with them so we can bring unrivalled holiday experiences to the residents of Kilmarnock and Ayrshire.

We congratulate TUI on their 30 year lease commitment and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Steven Easton

Easton Group director



Easton Property agrees new deal with Claire's Accessories

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Easton Property has agreed a three year lease extension with national fashion retailer Claire’s Accessories UK Limited. The 700 square foot property is well located on King Street in Kilmarnock town centre, and the deal will preserve the retailer’s presence in the town, which has been well-established at this location for over twenty years.

Since 1974, Claire’s Accessories has been the fun fashion destination for jewelry, cosmetics, accessories and ear piercing for tweens, teens and young girls between 3 and 18 years of age.

Easton Property has over 100 commercial properties throughout Scotland. It is a division of the Easton Group – a family-owned property and investment business with 50 years’ experience of investing in communities.


“This letting demonstrates the commitment of Claire’s Accessories to Kilmarnock town centre, and their desire to creating great shopping experiences for their customers and communities.

We congratulate them on their lease extension and look forward to continue working with them in the future.”

Steven Easton

Easton Group director



Easton Group honours 20 years staff service

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Easton Group are celebrating 20 years of service from a dedicated employee.

Lyn Thoms joined the company in 2002, and is Office Manager supporting a wide range of functions. She has extensive knowledge and experience of our organisation’s activities, and likes working for a family run business that retains a personal touch, and enjoys helping new businesses let commercial space from us, providing continuing support on their journey from fledgling business idea to thriving enterprise.


“Hard work, loyalty, and diligence are the cornerstones of great employees, and Lyn shows these qualities in abundance. Her hard work is on display every day, and we truly appreciate her dedication to colleagues and clients.

Well done Lyn!”

Ken Easton

Easton Group chairman



Easton Housing awarded for Net Zero achievements

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Easton Housing were recently awarded at the Scottish Energy Efficiency Awards in Glasgow. The private housing provider was commended in the Housing Association & Landlord of the Year category for their commitment to improving the energy efficiency of their housing portfolio.

Easton Housing is a division of the Easton Group – a family-owned property and investment business with 50 years’ experience of investing in communities.


“At Easton Housing, we have developed a Net Zero Housing Strategy that will ensure our property portfolio meets carbon goals ahead of national targets.

By improving the energy efficiency of our housing we are helping our tenants by reducing their utility bills and improving their quality of their homes.”

Steven Easton

Easton Group director