COVID-19 | Good News Story – Stirling Distillery get ‘hands’ on!

Family-run Stirling Distillery, like everyone else, has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. But, being used to looking at the glass half full (of Gin obviously) the team saw an opportunity to diversify their business by making a much needed, in-demand product, hand sanitiser.

At the beginning given the mad world we are in, the team’s main focus was to support and supply front line services.

Now, having adapted to a ‘new’ world of work and changing their production processes, the team has streamlined so they can control the supply and they now supply a number of private companies.

The Distillery is following the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines to create a line of hand sanitiser made up of Glycerol, Hydrogen, Peroxide, Water, Xanthan gum and Ethanol.

The sanitiser, helping to combat the spread of COVID-19, can be purchased in packs of 3x500ml bottles perfect for counters and tabletops, 16×50 bottles ideal for giving to staff, and 1×5 litres for larger organisations looking to buy in bulk.

Director Cameron McCann said “Having a close network of fellow business owners, I was consistently hearing that companies were struggling to get their hands on much-needed hand sanitiser. After looking at the processes involved in creating such a product, I knew we could step in and add this to our business model.

We fully understand the world is changing from day-to-day and we don’t know what to expect at these times, but for those businesses planning or preparing to open we are able to supply various sizes and quantities. We will be as flexible as we can to meet each business’s needs.

Don’t worry we’re still making gin, of course.”

Vicky Murphy, HR Manager at STEP who supports Stirling Distillery said “It’s inspiring to see a company like Stirling Distillery completely change the way they do business to develop a new product. This is one of many great examples of the local spirit we’re seeing across Stirling at the moment. We’re seeing businesses support their local communities and communities supporting businesses by continuing to shop local. Coming through the other side of this pandemic we will see these business thrive because of innovative thinking like this.”

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