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Gin and mini still

“I have been so lucky to have had great support from the University of Glasgow when I began setting up my business,” said Ms Stewart, farmer, forager and founder of Badvo Distillery. “I am delighted to now be back and working with the University to create a great Scottish gin for a great Scottish institution.” The Stewart family established Badvo Hill Farm on the 7 July 1599. The site of Helen’s Badvo Gill Distillery was previously used for


small batch distilling as detailed in a family handbook.

converting the disused farm buildings before launching Badvo in 2018.

“We had first thought about creating our own whisky. But I came across Helen and learned about her story it felt right especially as Scottish Gin has seen such a resurgence in recent years. We are absolutely delighted to partner with Badvo to create 1451,” said Matthew Williams, General Manager at University of Glasgow Retail.

Helen said the support she received from her lecturers and Student Enterprise Hub at the University were invaluable on her entrepreneurial journey to set up her own distillery.

Helen spent two years designing the gin, gaining grant money, and

“I love distilling and as long as I love distilling this is what I will be doing. I’d love to do more on the farm and I love being outside. I have a sweet life doing what I love,” she said.

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