Whisky giant takes prestigious Moray Business Award
A SPEYSIDE whisky giant has taken the prestigious Moray Business Award.
William Grant & Sons was announced as winner of the coveted title during Moray Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Business Awards Dinner, held at Gordon Castle at Fochabers on Friday, October 4.
The black tie event attracted 320 business representatives who watched on as the honour was presented in recognition of the significant contribution the independent, family-owned distiller has made to the local economy.
Founded in 1887, the global drinks company is now run by the family’s fifth generation and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch Whisky.
The site at Dufftown directly employs around 230 permanent employees as well as up to 80 temporary employees, distilling the world’s most-awarded single malt, Glenfiddich, as well as The Balvenie, Grants, Hendricks Gin, Monkey Shoulder and Drambuie.
Site leader Kirsty Dagnan said: “More than 130 years ago, our founder William Grant and his family built the distillery together, laying each brick by hand. To this day, Dufftown stands fast as the backbone and spiritual home of our global business.
“It continues to be incredibly important to us to make a positive contribution to the long-term prosperity of our local economy, and we’re truly honoured to be recognised with this award.”
In addition to commercial success, the firm gives back to the local community. In the last four years, the Dufftown site has donated over £125,000 to local causes through their Local Giving and Matched Giving schemes.
Sarah Medcraf, chief executive of Moray Chamber, said: “We all know we are operating in a tough business climate with so many uncertainties and yet businesses here in Moray are proving time and time again that they can grow and thrive. I am delighted William Grant & Sons have been recognised tonight and are a true example of one of the region’s great businesses.”
The award – a copper pagoda donated by Forysths – was sponsored by last year’s winners, Gordon & Macphail.