Family-owned spirits firm launches MBA programme

The Dufftown-based distillers, which owns brands including Glenfiddich, Grant’s blended scotch whisky, Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Spiced, has invited 25 delegates to take a place on the programme – named the MBA25. The programme is being run with Strathclyde Business School and will kick off in September. 

The first businesses to sign up to the MBA25 include financial services company Alliance Trust, and Edinburgh-based healthcare IT company Craneware. 

SuperJam founder Fraser Doherty is one of four entrepreneurs to be offered a fully-sponsored place on the programme. The 22-year-old Scottish entrepreneur started selling his homemade sugar-free jam to friends and family aged just 14, before signing up Waitrose in 2004. Today SuperJam is sold in more than 1,000 stores, shifting over half a million jars per year. Doherty says the MBA programme will help him learn the skills to “grow SuperJam in the global market” and “spend time with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking business leaders in Scotland”.

William Grant & Sons will also send ten of its own senior team members on the course.

“The investment in MBA25 is reflective of our desire to give back to Scotland, the roots of our business,” explains Peter Gordon, chairman of William Grant & Sons. 

The course will cover three strands: luxury branding; family/owner-managed business; and entrepreneurship. 

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