Arbikie wins Scottish Family Business of the Year 2021


6th July 2021

The Arbikie team are truly honoured to have won Scottish Family Business of the Year 2021.

This is such a great achievement and calls for a BIG celebration! Arbikie Distillery has come so far since being founded by the Stirling brothers just over six years ago and we can't wait to see what the next few years will bring!

Acceptance speech by Iain Stirling, founder of Arbikie Distillery:

"On behalf of the Stirling family and all the team at Arbikie, we are delighted to win. It’s an amazing award and a real honour to be nominated alongside so many special businesses, and to win is incredibly special – so thank you. We were very lucky, as the brothers that own Arbikie, to inherit our family farming business from our mum and dad and through their hard work, to be able to build the sustainable field to bottle distillery that is Arbikie, up in Scotland’s sunny East Coast. We are very lucky to have great distillers and a great team … We have the world’s only climate positive gin, Nàdar, we distil the world’s only Rye Scotch Whisky, so I suppose it’s very appropriate if I have a quick dram of our Highland Rye … Sláinte”

You can watch the full awards show here.

About Family Business of the Year

Organised by Family Business United (a resource for all sizes and sectors, and their advisers, helping to raise the profile of the family business sector - read more here), the event is a celebration of the very best of British family businesses, bringing together finalists from across the UK.

Paul Andrews, founder of Family Business United and organiser of the awards:

“Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and these awards celebrate their contribution in terms of jobs provided, income generated, and wealth created, not to forget the positive impact they have as a force for good in the communities in which they are based. Our winners are all incredible businesses with a story to tell, solid governance and a desire to succeed.”

Once again, we would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all of this year's wonderful nominees and winners.


Arbikie Highland Estate

Arbikie Distillery launched in 2014 & we aim to be one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries. The release of our Nadar, the world’s first climate-positive gin was a significant milestone on our sustainable journey. We distil the world’s only Rye Scotch Whisky & work with many of the world’s best, Noma, Whole Foods, Hilton & Marriott

Back to news