Whisky Focus - Inter Bev Supports Local Scottish Communities With £25K Donation

Inter Bev Supports Scottish Communities With £25K Donation

16th October 2023
Leading spirit maker, International Beverage is offering individuals and organisations actively working to make a positive difference within their local communities in Scotland the chance to get a share of a £25K donation to support their good work.

Glenboig Larder

International Beverage, one of Scotland's leading spirits producer continues its annual charity drive with a £25K donation to local communities in Scotland.

For the second consecutive year, one of the prominent spirits producers in Scotland is launching its annual charity initiative, reinforcing its dedication to supporting various causes throughout its extensive network in Scotland.

Introduced in 2022, the International Beverage Spirit of Our Community Awards were established to honour and acknowledge individuals and organisations actively working to make a positive difference within their local communities.

In the previous year, the awards were exclusively available in the Airdrie and Coatbridge region, where the company's headquarters are situated. Following a successful debut, this initiative now spans across the entirety of Scotland, divided into three zones, accessible to any local charity or nonprofit organization:

Zone 1: Covering the ML5 and ML6 Airdrie and Coatbridge region.

Zone 2: Encompassing a 25-mile radius around the company's northern distilleries, Pulteney in Wick and Balblair in Tain.

Zone 3: Encompassing a 25-mile radius around Aberdeenshire's Knockdhu Distillery and Speyside-based distilleries Balmenach and Speyburn.

Zone 1 offers a substantial £10,000 award for the top-performing charity, with two additional £1,000 awards for runners-up. Zones 2 and 3 each provide a £5,000 award for the most exceptional entry within their respective regions, along with five runners-up, one from each distillery region, receiving £600 each.

The International Beverage employee-led charity group, having a history of supporting local charitable organisations, established the Spirit of Our Community Awards to strengthen its community involvement near its Airdrie offices. This year, all five distilleries eagerly join in supporting causes that make a significant impact in their Highland and Aberdeenshire communities.

Interested organisations and charities have six weeks to submit their entries, with the deadline set for Thursday, November 30th. A panel of judges, including distillery team members and representatives from long-standing local charity partners, will assess each submission.

When it comes to judging criteria, as explained by International Beverage Business Support Manager Eileen Rae, the focus is on ideas with a positive impact on local lives.

Interested groups and charities now have 6 weeks to submit their entries before Thursday 30th November. Every submission will be reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of members of the distillery teams alongside representatives from long standing local charity partners.

What are judges looking for? As awards organiser, International Beverage Business Support Manager Eileen Rae says that itís all about ideas that will have a positive impact on local lives.

She commented: "We are very proud and excited to be launching year two of the Spirit of Our Community Awards and to be extending them into the communities surrounding our distilleries. There are so many wonderful charities and groups out there doing the most inspiring work in the distilleriesí communities, dedicating themselves to helping others at a time when people need this kind of support more than ever. Any organisation that has an exciting project that needs funding or just needs a bit of a helping hand to continue the great work they are already doing: please get your entries in!"

GlenboigLarder@BHS, a pioneering sustainable community initiative, clinched the inaugural Spirit of Our Community Awards in 2022. This project, aimed at offering affordable food shopping to those in Coatbridge grappling with food insecurity while preserving their dignity, is affectionately known as 'The Larder.' Jointly established by the Glenboig Development Trust, a community health charity, and the Buchanan High Additional Support Needs School, it was honoured with the top prize of £10,000 in 2022.

For more information about these awards and to access an entry form, please visit: www.interbevgroup.com/charitable-giving/spirit-of-our-community-awards


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