Glen Scotia raises a glass to entrepreneurial partnership

Glen Scotia Distillery and shop, Campbeltown.

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A Campbeltown whisky distiller is forming a perfect blend with a national awards team in order to reward and support a new generation of British entrepreneurs.

Glen Scotia has become the first Entrepreneurial Spirit Partner of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA), which acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom.

The partnership will see the high street distiller sponsor the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

GBEA and Glen Scotia will also recognise and reward a business owner who has shown particular entrepreneurial spirit each month.

John Grieveson, chief marketing officer of the Campbeltown distillery, said: ‘We’re proud to be one of three surviving distilleries from the boom-town era, which has only been achieved by our ability to innovate and adapt the business over the centuries.

‘Our new partnership with the GBEA is therefore very fitting, and we are very much looking forward to working with them to support the new generation of British entrepreneurs.’

The Scotch whisky brand, owned by Loch Lomond Group, is one of the few Campbeltown distilleries to have maintained production from the heady days of the 1830s when the region was known as the whisky capital of the world.

The brand continues to enjoy success, now backed by centuries of craftsmanship and
experience, and its award-winning whiskies are renowned for their distinctive maritime influence and Campbeltown character.

‘The early entrepreneurial spirit shown by our founders back in 1832 is embedded in Glen Scotia’s DNA,’ added Mr Grieveson.

‘Back then, our founders, along with many others at the time, rode the wave of entrepreneurialism seen in Campbeltown in the early 1800s, harnessing the abundance of natural resources needed to produce quality Scotch whisky, as well as new technology, including steam navigation, which meant that whisky could be shipped directly to Glasgow in under nine hours from what is still one of the most remote parts of Scotland’s mainland.’

Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce this new and unique partnership with Glen Scotia.

‘It has an incredibly long and inspiring entrepreneurial journey behind it, and I’m thrilled they share our passion for supporting entrepreneurs and celebrating their achievements.’

Founded in 2013, the ethos of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is to be more than just ‘an awards ceremony’, instilling a sense of community and a thriving ecosystem of support all year round that provide opportunities for winners and finalists to connect and showcase their businesses.