This Scottish distiller makes some of the world’s best-known whiskies, including the single-malt Glenfiddich, as well as other spirits such as Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Hendrick’s gin. In 2016, the firm grew sales 20% to £1.1bn and saw profits rise 44% to £270m, driven by favourable foreign exchange rates and growth in the Americas and Asia. It is run by chief executive Simon Hunt, 46, on behalf of the Grant Gordon family owners.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank54
CompanyWilliam Grant & Sons
ActivitySpirits distiller
LocationBanffshire
Sales £m1,062
Profit £m270
Year endDec 16
Principal shareholdersGrant and Gordon families
Staff2,113
Founded1886
Websitewww.williamgrant.com

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