It is a fair bet given that the stable of the business, the Glencairn Glass, now synonymous with the majority of whisky festivals and events globally, sells more than 65,000 glasses a week, globally. No mean feat in today’s climate of economic wobbliness, The Glasgow-based crystal glassware company, and its eponymous glass, has recently revealed that is has doubled sales every five years since 2004.
The company also reports that custom decanters (home for some of the worlds’ rarest and most expensive spirits) and unique glassware have driven the family business’ growth – up by a fifth in the last year. In the last eighteen months Glencairn has delivered projects that contribute to sales of £100 million.
In 2004 the East Kilbride based company turned over £858K with the latest figures in 2019 reaching an unprecedented £11.3 million. These end of year figures show an unbroken run of 15 years of continued business growth for the company owned and run by the Davidson family.
Scott Davidson, new product development director at Glencairn, said that the exponential growth of the business comes from not only existing markets, but the expansion into new markets — China being the largest that the company has gained traction in over the past 12 months. The US continues to provide huge growth for Glencairn and is now worth some £4m a year of the company’s business with US online sales alone accounting for nearly £1 million worth of this.
He added: “Some of the company’s most high-profile decanter projects include luxury bespoke decanters for a single malt whisky that have been hand engraved using rare gemstones. In the past year the company has been commissioned by over 30 different brands to create bespoke packaging for some of the oldest and most luxurious single malt whiskies ever released.”
He continued: “Above all else we continue to put our customers and their needs first – something that is demonstrated through fifteen years of continued growth.”