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Two accolades for Dunnet distillery at Highland Business Awards


By Gordon Calder

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A CAITHNESS firm is celebrating after winning two accolades at the Highland Business Awards 2021.

Dunnet Bay Distillers, which is owned and founded by husband-and-wife team Martin and Claire Murray, won the Environmental Sustainability Award sponsored by SSE Renewables and was also picked as the overall winner of the Award for Innovation sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. In addition, the firm was shortlisted for Employer of the Year.

The Highland Business Awards celebrate the achievements of businesses throughout the region.

Martin and Claire Murray with Mr Mackintosh at the distillery
Martin and Claire Murray with Mr Mackintosh at the distillery

Martin Murray said: "We are immensely proud of our environmental sustainability ethos, underlined by the appointment earlier this year of a dedicated Environment Manager. We do everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment, a good example being our unique refill pouches which are fully recyclable. We are also innovative in our approach to business and to have won both of these awards is a great honour for us and for the whole company. We are grateful to our colleagues for their brilliant work."

Claire Murray added: "We are also absolutely thrilled to have been nominated by our team for Employer of the Year, the award wasn't destined for us this year, but we really are incredibly touched to have been nominated and it really meant a lot to us."

Dunnet Bay Distillers' gin brand, multi-award-winning Rock Rose Gin, was recently named by CoolBrands® as a 2021-22 winner.

The awards are independently made following an analysis by a leading data research company.

An average of 1500 brands are scrutinised for the Coolbrands list and 3200 for Superbrands. They are then voted on by a nationally representative sample of 2500 consumers and 2500 British business professionals with purchasing or managerial responsibility before the results are ratified and scored by leading industry experts.

The Dunnet distillery is the most northerly UK mainland distillery and grows or forages sustainably for many of the botanicals used in its gins and also Holy Grass Vodka.


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