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Edrington announces location of new Glasgow headquarters

15 Sep 2016

Edrington announces location of new Glasgow headquarters
Edrington, Scotland’s premier producer and distributor of global spirits brands, including The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Highland Park, Cutty Sark, Brugal rum and Snow Leopard vodka, today announced that its new international headquarters will be located at 100 Queen Street, by Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square.

In April, the company announced its plans to move to a central Glasgow HQ. The building is owned by Esson Properties and is currently undergoing a £8.25 million renovation which includes the addition of two new floors. The move is due to take place in spring 2017, when Edrington will become the building’s leading tenant, occupying the top four floors.

The new main office will bring Edrington’s board and its business units – which manage Edrington’s spirits brands – together in a single location.  At present, these are based at the company’s main operations site in Great Western Road in the west of the city, and also in the Perth office in West Kinfauns.

The company expects around 130 people to be based at 100 Queen Street, including its executive board, finance, legal, and corporate affairs teams, as well as senior members of the company’s global operations, HR and business technology divisions. Edrington employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, with more than 60% based overseas.

Ian Curle, Edrington’s chief executive said: “100 Queen Street is the perfect location for Edrington’s international business and our leading brands. We looked at a number of properties in Glasgow for this strategically important move, and Queen Street combines high quality accommodation with a compelling location at the heart of Glasgow’s professional and cultural centre.

“Bringing together our leadership and business units in a central Glasgow location will help ensure that the business is in the best possible shape to deliver long term growth. It will improve international connections and bring us close to the creative and digital skills necessary to grow our business.”

Hunter Esson, chief executive of Esson Properties, added: “We’re thrilled to have attracted such a high profile international company as Edrington. Queen Street has become one of the most desirable locations for commercial accommodation, with significant improvements taking place over the last couple of years and a host of local amenities right on its doorstep.”

The move has been brokered by Knight Frank and Mark Allan Property Consultants Ltd.