This Scottish distiller makes some of the world’s best-known whiskies, including Glenfiddich, along with drinks such as Hendrick’s gin. The company is led by chief executive Stella David, 51, and is owned by the Grant and Gordon families.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank49
CompanyWilliam Grant & Sons
ActivitySpirits distiller
LocationBanffshire
Sales £m1,064
Profit £m149
Year endDec 12
Principal shareholdersGrant and Gordon families
Staff1,696
Founded1886
Websitewww.williamgrant.com

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