AN island distillery in Scotland has introduced a four-day working week for its “close-knit” team.

The Isle of Barra Distillery’s team of six will enjoy a shorter working week as of January 2022, with their health and mental wellbeing "being top priority”.

Isle of Barra Distillers is Scotland’s most westerly whisky and gin producer and was founded in 2017 by husband and wife Michael and Katie Morrison.

The Morrison’s said: “We have taken some time to think about the pros and cons and had discussions with employees to make sure this change will benefit everyone. Our employees agreed they would prefer working slightly longer hours in order to work fewer days.

“The four-day working week would provide employees with more free time outside of work, with no loss in pay. They are all looking forward to the change to their working week as there are several advantages such as cutting down on childcare costs, less commuting to work and simply having more time to spend with loved ones.”

The bosses added that, if needed, the change could be flexible to take into account their team’s circumstances and the hours they worked.

The distillery said the small team had already adapted their work processes to the shorter week. The change means orders will no longer be dispatched on Fridays, but the distillery’s team believes this is a worthwhile pay-off as staff would come to work feeling “refreshed and energised for their working week”, boosting productivity.

This decision comes following a nationwide discussion of the four-day working week and research from the think tank IPPR revealed that 80% of Scots were in favour of reduced hours if it did not mean losing pay.