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Spiritual growth at Scottish gin firm


Stirlingshire-based craft spirit brand McQueen Gin is yet another example of the UK’s thriving gin sector. 

The family-run business, established by Dale and Vicky McQueen (pictured) in July 2015, has seen year-on-year revenue growth of more than 300 per cent on the back of securing deals with several major retailers, including Aldi, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s.

In recent months, it has invested around £750,000 in a new 6,200ft distillery, which was opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to complement its original one. It’s hoped the new facility will see the company’s manufacture, bottling, pack and ship capacity increase by more than 1,000 per cent.

“Our growth has been unprecedented in the last few years and we want to take advantage of that by not taking our foot off the gas,” says Dale.

“With increased demand and capacity comes increased opportunity. When it is open and in full operation, we expect the new distillery to have created as many as 12 new jobs in our local area, if not more.

“We have already filled three new positions since the build began and we will be looking to bring in more staff imminently as we make the official move to the new facility. Our location is an area which we hold dear to us and which has played a central part in the building of our brand, so it’s great to be able to give something back as we expand our business.’’