Two Scottish organisations are celebrating after winning the Queen’s Award on more than one occasion.The distiller, Gordon & MacPhail, was granted the Award for Enterprise for International Trade for the second time. The whisky specialist brought the Benromach Distillery back to life in 1998 when it was officially re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales. Since then, the Forres distillery has unveiled a series of hand-crafted single malt whiskies including the flagship Benromach 10 years old.
Managing Director, Michael Urquhart expressed his delight at winning the prestigious award for a second time, saying: “This is a wonderful achievement and recognition for the company and our dedicated staff, as well as for our customers and suppliers worldwide. The Queen’s Award is recognised across the world as a mark of outstanding quality and I have no doubt that winning the first award in 2009 has contributed to our recent growth.
“We have been championing malt whisky for more than a century by buying and storing casks of whisky from distilleries across Scotland. But it’s been a particular pleasure for us as a family to drive the growth of our own Benromach whisky.”At the other end of the country, the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick is also celebrating. It too has been named as the winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success; this time, the award is for Sustainable Development. It means that the Centre now joins a rare and distinguished group of award winners to have received the Queen’s Award three times in succession, having received previous awards in 2004 and again in 2009 when HM The Queen paid a visit to the Centre to mark the occasion.
Naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough sent a special message of congratulations in which he said that the Scottish Seabird Centre had “…pioneered some truly thrilling ways to give everyone insights into the dramatic lives of our seabirds. It richly deserves this prestigious award.”