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International spirits creator, importer and distributor, Biggar and Leith has appointed Tim Dunlop to the newly-created role of European Commercial Director.  

In his position, Tim leads the sales teams in multiple territories, including grocery, convenience and independent retail, specialist drinks retailers, e-commerce, online, wholesale, and the on-trade.  Working alongside Export Director, Daniel Bras, he will lead distributors in priority markets with a focus on expanding the global footprint of Shanky’s Whip whiskey liqueur, Butterfly Cannon tequila, Hotel Starlino Italian aperitivo liqueurs, and Stambecco amaro. Dunlop will also drive strategic marketing, digital and PR activity in the UK and Europe for the portfolio.

Tim brings well-seasoned experience spanning over 12 years to Biggar and Leith having previously held senior roles at Hammonds of Knutsford, where he was brand director across leading spirits brands, distilleries and RTDs, and Mangrove as head of e-commerce and premium retail.

His appointment will allow Biggar and Leith to strengthen its position in the marketplace, drive the business forward, and build on industry relationships to grow the firm’s brand portfolio in key markets across retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors.

Tim says: “I’m proud to take on such a fundamental role in the growth of Biggar and Leith and to be part of such a brilliant business with such strong brands and a passionate team. The company is growing, and it’s an exciting place to be. I’m looking forward to being a driving force in its success and expansion in coming years.

“Not only are the products, brands and marketing highly executed and unique in their proposition, they are expertly created and brilliantly activated – plus they fit into today’s contemporary lifestyles and taste preferences for liqueurs, aperitivos, vermouths, amaros and spirits. To my colleagues across the industry, I can’t wait to introduce the portfolio to you.”

Tim reports in to Elwyn Gladstone, founder and owner of Biggar and Leith. He says: “Tim joins us as we embark on a period of significant investment, expansion and growth in the UK and European markets specifically but also around the world. He will play a key role in the immediate and future success of the business.

“The drinks category is evolving and changing at pace and we need to ensure we are prepared for the exciting times ahead and ready to meet new consumer demand and preferences to keep us ahead of the game. We’re thrilled to have someone of Tim’s calibre, experience and capabilities joining our team as we continue to strengthen and consolidate our position in the competitive drinks marketplace. We’re confident his personality, tenacious approach and expertise will translate into effective results for the company and our customers.”

Headquartered in New York and founded in 2015, Biggar and Leith creates, owns and imports an eclectic portfolio of family-owned contemporary spirits, liqueurs, garnishes and fancy goods from family-owned producers who are dedicated to quality, innovation and craftsmanship.

The team searches the globe for brands that transmit the personality and stories of the people who make them. Brands include Shanky’s Whip whiskey liqueur, Butterfly Cannon tequila, Hotel Starlino Italian aperitivo liqueurs, Stambecco amaro, Gladstone Axe malt scotch, Spytail rum, and Casa Firelli Italian hot sauces.

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