A very clear vision for world expansion

Raymond Davidson (founder) with sons Paul and Scott Davidson showcasing The Glencairn Glass
Raymond Davidson (founder) with sons Paul and Scott Davidson showcasing The Glencairn Glass

Scotland’s leading crystal company toasts a major accolade for quality and growing global trade

 

 

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Glencairn – Scotland’s most renowned and celebrated crystal company – has been awarded the highest accolade in British business: The Queen’s Award for International Enterprise.

As this year’s Queen’s Awards were announced on Friday, Glencairn raised a toast to its third Queen’s Award since 2006 from the UK’s most prestigious business accolades, celebrating its win as one of Scotland’s most successful family-owned and run companies of the past three decades.

Founded in 1980 by Raymond Davidson and now managed by Raymond’s sons, Paul and Scott Davidson, Glencairn’s global reputation has become synonymous with quality, innovation and exceptional customer service within the fine crystal and glassware industry. Over the past three decades, the company has become one of the most successful and pioneering businesses within both the whisky and packaging industries – not just in the UK but on the global stage.

Celebrated around the world for its creation of the Glencairn Whisky Glass, as well as its spirit packaging craftsmanship, Glencairn’s reputation as one of the most enterprising and creative organisations within the drinks industry has gone from strength to strength.

The business has clients in every major drinks organisation – large and small. The Glencairn Whisky Glass is now an iconic emblem within the whisky world and one that has invigorated and educated whisky drinkers and novices around the world.

Since being founded, Glencairn has grown its team to over 50 full time staff at their East Kilbride facility, with three million Glencairn whisky glasses (plus other crystal products) now reaching over 60 export markets.

Glencairn Crystal employees with The Lord Lieutenant for Lanarkshire, Mushtaq Ahmad OBE, being awarded Queen’s Award in 2012 for Innovation, photographed outside the Glencairn factory
Glencairn Crystal employees with The Lord Lieutenant for Lanarkshire, Mushtaq Ahmad OBE, being awarded Queen’s Award in 2012 for Innovation, photographed outside the Glencairn factory

Since 2012, company growth has trebled internationally, and as demand within the whisky industry continues to soar for bespoke glassware and high quality decanters, so do the opportunities arising for Glencairn’s worldwide presence within the sector.

At the heart of this continued success are the company’s family values and unique approach to business: something that is appreciated and much loved among Glencairn’s clients and suppliers alike. As the company continues to celebrate success, the values on which the business was built more than 30 years ago are retained at every level of the organisation.

Paul Davidson, Managing Director said: “At Glencairn, we pride ourselves on the highest level of customer service, quality craftsmanship and above all else, treating our suppliers, employees and clients with extraordinary care and attention at all times.

“We believe in challenging ourselves to deliver a product that not only reflects our customer’s requirements and expectations – but exceeds them.

“The recognition that we have received from The Queen’s Award this year and in the past helps to reinforce, not only our business and growth success but also the management and development skills existing in the superb team we have within the business. We are delighted to be awarded such an incredible and highly esteemed award once again.”

Competing with some of the UK’s leading businesses, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise celebrate the outstanding achievement from UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade and sustainable development. In addition to the award this year, Glencairn has previously won the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2012, and the Queens Award for Innovation in 2006, with the Glencairn Whisky Glass.

Precious metals are applied by hand at the Glencairn Crystal facilities in Scotland
TSPLPrecious metals are applied by hand at the Glencairn Crystal facilities in Scotland

Scott Davidson, Commercial Director commented: “We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation within the industry, leading the world in the development of premium decanters for premium aged whisky. We have developed glassware for some of the finest and most rare whisky ever sold in the world. We position ourselves as Scotland’s Crystal Company and, with our expertise in crystal, design and packaging and we are honoured to now be the pre-eminent supplier of premium crystal to the market.”

Glencairn’s clients include leading drinks companies, brands and other outlets, including BP; Brown-Forman; Cunard; Diageo; the Houses of Parliament; Muller; Google; the Scottish Parliament and most Scotch whisky manufacturers, in addition to many international whisky and spirit producers.