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Owen helps kick-off Spey’s Asian growth

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Footballer Michael Owen is helping Speyside Distillers Company kick off a new push overseas after it raised £2.3 million to build on demand for its whiskies in Asia.

The former England, Liverpool and Newcastle United striker is the company’s brand ambassador and is playing a key role in promoting Spey.

John Harvey McDonough, chief executive, is spearheading the Glasgow-based firm’s growth into China and other ASEAN countries.

He said: “Spey is one of the biggest brands in Taiwan, but over the last few years we’ve also focused on growing our presence worldwide and here in the UK. As a result, our whisky is now available in several key and emerging markets, including Germany, Russia, Australia, France and the Netherlands.”

Clydesdale Bank has provided the funding to help the firm produce and acquire more stock at its distillery near Kingussie.

The Bank’s support was also crucial to incorporating its new brand, Beinn Dubh, which was launched last year.

Robert Gibson, head of Clydesdale Bank’s regional business and private banking centre in Glasgow, said: “Speyside Distillers is a strong, well-managed business with ambitious growth aspirations.”

Photo: Chief executive John Harvey McDonough with brand ambassador Michael Owen, who is helping to promote SPEY to audiences worldwide

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