Spirited businesses encouraged to enter entrepreneur awards

Glen Scotia Distillery manager Iain McAlister says the Grand Tour will allow whisky lovers to experience Campbeltown. NO_c09glenscotia01
Glen Scotia Distillery manager Iain McAlister.

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One of Campbeltown’s three historic whisky distilleries is encouraging the town’s business owners to enter a national awards scheme which was founded by a woman with Kintyre heritage to celebrate entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.

Earlier this year, Glen Scotia Distillery revealed a new partnership with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA), which opened for entries on Monday. Established in 2013, the awards acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses across the UK.

To mark the partnership, Glen Scotia is sponsoring the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the regional and national ceremonies and is encouraging like-minded business leaders from Kintyre to champion their ventures on a national stage.

Winners in the Entrepreneurial Spirit category will be given their own, limited edition GBEA bottle of Glen Scotia 15-year-old whisky, with a bespoke Glen Scotia 18-year-old presented to all national winners to mark their achievement.

Glen Scotia is one of the last 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.

Backed by almost two centuries of craftsmanship and experience, Glen Scotia continues to enjoy success and its award-winning whiskies are renowned for their distinctive maritime influence and Campbeltown character.

Iain McAlister, master distiller and distillery manager at Glen Scotia, said: ‘As beneficiaries of the early entrepreneurial spirit shown by our founders back in 1832, we want to celebrate like-minded Campbeltown business owners.

‘At the heart of our tight-knit community, we know there are many entrepreneurs in the area who deserve the chance to share their story and join their peers, and the GBEA provides the perfect platform.

‘Its engaged community of alumni and judges features some of the best in UK business, and we’re pleased to be able to foster the innovative spirit shown by our predecessors through our support for this year’s event.’

Francesca James, founder of the GBEA, said: ‘When we set up the awards back in 2013, our aim was to establish a community of like-minded business people in the UK that could learn from one another, and it’s great to see that Glen Scotia recognises the value of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking, which are embedded in its DNA.

‘Personally, with my family hailing from the Moy area of Campbeltown, it’s been incredibly exciting to work with Glen Scotia – and our winners are in for a treat with their very own bottle of whisky to mark the occasion. We’re pleased to be able to open entries for this year’s regional events and can’t wait to see which businesses will share their stories.’

To find out more, and to submit an entry, visit www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com