Edinburgh bottling and drinks start-up becomes million-pound business in two years

Bottling and drinks start-up Young Spirits Company has cheered solid growth during 2020 despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.

John Ferguson and Alex Harrison, the co-founders of Edinburgh-based Young Spirits Company. Picture: Lesley Martin

Established in June 2019 by co-founders John Ferguson and Alex Harrison, the Edinburgh-based business has grown to a 14-strong team and is on track to increase turnover from some £800,000 in year one to £1.2 million in year two.

The fledgling firm has this week moved to a larger warehouse to aid its expansion.

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Ferguson said: “We identified a niche in the bottling market to offer much shorter lead times to meet demand from the craft market. It has always been our aim to be able to turn around orders within a two-week lead time, however, we soon realised we were very quickly going to outgrow our original warehouse.”

Harrison added: “We want to use our new warehouse to deliver a first-class series of experiential initiatives for clients, from offering tastings to blending classes and more.”

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