This Scottish distiller makes some of the world’s best-known whiskies, including single malt Glenfiddich, which it first produced in 1887. Led by chief executive Stella David, 52, and owned by the Grant and Gordon families, it also makes non-whisky drinks such as Sailor Jerry rum and Hendrick’s gin. Last year it acquired Drambuie for a reported £100m, before opening a state-of-the-art whiskey distillery in Tullamore, Ireland — bringing whiskey production back to the town for the first time since 1954.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank45
CompanyWilliam Grant & Sons
ActivitySpirits distiller
LocationBanffshire
Sales £m1,120
Profit £m166
Year endDec 13
Principal shareholdersGrant and Gordon families
Staff1,819
Founded1886
Websitewww.williamgrant.com

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