We are delighted to announce Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Whisky as our first Entrepreneurial Spirit Partner.

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 partnership will see Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Whisky sponsor the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. GBEA and Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Whisky will also recognise and reward a business owner who has shown particular entrepreneurial spirit each month.

Our founder, Francesca James, said: “I’m delighted to announce this new and unique partnership with Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 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.”

John Grieveson, chief marketing officer at Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Whisky, said: “The early entrepreneurial spirit shown by our founders back in 1832 is embedded in Glen Scotia’s DNA. 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.

“We’re proud to be one of the three surviving distilleries from this 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.”

Applications for the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bank will be opening soon! You can register your interest and stay up to date with the latest news here.