We are bloody delighted to announce that 404 Ink is the first ever publisher to receive a Scottish EDGE award. We received one of their Young EDGE grants, receiving £10,000 to help grow the company in the coming years.
The Scottish Edge Awards, which on June 14th announced almost £1m of grants at the RBS Headquarters in Gogarburn, aims to identify and support the most promising entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in Scotland and support them on their growth journey. Winners include Cytochroma, which generates stem cell derived liver cells that model human physiology; Cearban Ltd, who offer experiences swimming with basking sharks around the Inner Hebrides, and Tipsy Unicorn Sweets, who use natural ingredients to create sweets, including their Rock Rose Gin and Tonic Jelly range. We are chuffed to be able to represent books at this level.
Feedback from the judges praised 404’s ‘impressive sales’ and noted that they ‘can see them achieving a lot more than they have forecast’, adding that 404 has a fresh and enthusiastic team, and had good focus on disruption and trends of the book industry.
We run 404 from our spare rooms. It's been an amazing few months focusing in on where we want to go next, and to receive the support of something to prestigious. Already we've been overwhelmed with support from various organisations, and can't wait to see what happens next!