New HQ for whisky distiller

Edrington to close Perth office in move to ‘lean’ HQ

Ian CurleScotch whisky firm Edrington, whose brands include The Macallan and The Famous Grouse, plans to close its office in Perth as part of a relocation into a new headquarters in central Glasgow.

The move will unite operational functions currently split between Great Western Road and West Kinfauns, Perth. It will mean returning to the city centre where its founders established the company in 1861.

A shortlist of modern office locations has been drawn up that will accommodate 130 staff including Edrington’s executive board, business units, finance, legal, corporate affairs, HR, global operations leadership, and elements of IT. The move will mean 13 redundancies at Perth and eight at Great Western Road.

It says that a “lean”, contemporary HQ in Glasgow will help attract top talent, place decision making close to the company’s blending and bottling operation, and locate the HQ in the city that founders Robertson & Baxter made their home.

Chief Executive Ian Curle said that the proposals will help the company compete more effectively in a challenging international premium spirits marketplace and enable long-term growth.

“Glasgow is where it all started for our founders William Robertson and John Baxter in 1861,” he said.

“Bringing together our essential HQ functions in a new central Glasgow location will help us to continue to compete successfully in a tough global market and to capitalise on what we see as positive long-term prospects for the industry.

“This development will not only secure our position as one of Scotland’s leading businesses, but also help us to continue investing in our premium brands at home and abroad, which in turn contributes to the on-going success of Scotch whisky, Scottish exports and the Scottish economy.”

The plans will see Edrington consult with affected employees on the closure of its Perth office and with HQ staff at its Glasgow site on Great Western Road. There will be no impact on any of the company’s other six sites across the country.

The company’s desire under the proposals is to see as many employees as possible join its new Glasgow HQ and it will work closely with all affected staff throughout the consultation.

Edrington will continue to be headquartered in Scotland, the largest remaining Scotch whisky company to do so.

The company said it will continue to invest in operations and infrastructure in Scotland.  Its brands also include Brugal rum, Cutty Sark and Highland Park whiskies.

It employs 3,000 people worldwide (including JV employees), with more 70%  overseas. Most recently the company has invested in a new operation in New York and a new regional HQ for Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Edrington’s principal shareholder is The Robertson Trust, which donated over £18.2m million to charitable causes in Scotland last year.

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