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Inter Bev Picks Up Award For Its Human Resources Programme

10th November 2023
International Beverage's 'people-first' philosophy achieves significant recognition at premier HR Industry Awards with Sam Kirk earning the title of HR Director of the Year, while the Inter Bev Human Capital team secures a victory for their outstanding Health and Wellbeing program.

International Beverage Human Capital Director Sam Kirk

In whisky business news global spirits company International Beverage which which boasts single malt Scotch whiskies Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn amongst its portfolio is celebrating a notable achievement in its human resources program by winning two prestigious awards at the 16th annual HR NETWORK National Awards, a significant event for HR professionals in Scotland. The gala dinner, held at the Glasgow Hilton on November 9th, recognised and honoured outstanding contributions to the Scottish HR profession.

At the event, Human Capital (HC) Director Sam Kirk and her team received recognition in two esteemed categories. Sam Kirk was named HR Director of the Year for her pioneering role within International Beverage, where she actively contributes to the company's dynamic growth agenda and fosters innovation to maximise the potential of its workforce, always maintaining integrity and compassion.

Furthermore, the HC team secured the Health and Wellbeing Award of the Year for their proactive 'Sustaining Our People' program at International Beverage. Judges acknowledged this program as a significant advancement in HR planning within the spirits industry, emphasising the belief that each individual is unique and that fostering connections, understanding, and support is crucial for cultivating a happy work environment.

The HR NETWORK judging panel, comprised of industry experts, commended the International Beverage HC team for their exceptional levels of innovation and commitment. They recognised the team's role in supporting the company's current growth plans and driving a dynamic change program across all business teams.

Having been shortlisted for four awards, Sam Kirk – who is based at the company’s Airdrie headquarters – was thrilled by the evening’s results. She commented: "So much of what we do in the HR world goes on behind the scenes, so it’s wonderful to have the hard work and dedication of our whole team recognised amongst our peers in the HR industry. Our business is in an exciting phase of growth and transformation, and the highest value is placed on our people and ensuring we have the strategies in place to bring out their very best. This recognition from the wider business community is very rewarding, and I want to say a huge well done to our whole HC team for everything we have achieved together."

Serving as the spirits division of ThaiBev, one of the world's leading beverage producers, International Beverage oversees the worldwide sales, marketing, and distribution of quite a distinguished collection of premium brands. This portfolio includes award-winning single malt Scotch whiskies such as Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, and Speyburn, the blended Scotch Hankey Bannister, Cardrona spirits and liqueurs, the pioneering super-premium Scottish gin Caorunn, along with Phraya Rum and Larsen Cognac.

You will find the International Beverage range of whiskies from single malt Scotch whiskies Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn; the blended Scotch Hankey Bannister available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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