We believe the best whisky in the world might be one you haven’t tasted yet – everything we do as a team takes us one step closer to reaching our goal of creating a world class distillery and visitor centre in Inverkip where we will produce what we hope will be one of the great whiskies of the world.

*Ardgowan Distillery plans for Inverkip

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Creating a world class carbon-negative distillery

We are building a new state-of-the-art distillery and visitor centre on the Ardgowan Estate. Using extensive heat recovery at each stage of the production process as well as CO2 capture from fermentation, the distillery will be carbon negative. The distillery will have a cooling tower to minimise the consumption of water and eliminate the discharge of hot water into the Kip River.

We’ve joined forces with Edinburgh’s esteemed Heriot-Watt University, Briggs of Burton, and Hydrogen Green Power to research an innovative solution for the capture and use of the carbon dioxide generated during the fermentation process. Options include use of hydrogen to convert the CO2 into methane gas which can be used for heating the stills.

Initially, we’ll use mains gas to provide heat for our stills. However, our plan is to transition to hydrogen as our primary energy source within 18 months. Regardless of the energy source, we will channel our products into an anaerobic digester – a sealed container in which bacteria break down natural materials to produce valuable methane gas.

Careers with us

Does the idea of working for a dynamic business where your finance expertise can shape solid financial foundations and drive exponential growth, sound right for you? We are seeking a talented individual to join the business as Accountant.

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a dynamic and hands-on environment? As an integral part the team, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing day-to-day financial activities
  • Collaborating closely with our CEO and Finance Director
  • Overseeing a third-party bookkeeper
  • Producing monthly management accounts
  • Implementing and maintaining financial controls
  • Handling banking and FX transactions
  • Engaging with external partners such as banks, auditors, and tax advisors
  • Ensuring compliance across various financial areas
  • Managing financial systems, including our transition from XERO to NetSuite

You Are:

  • An experienced and Qualified Accountant, holding a professional
  • Accounting Qualification including ACCA, CIMA or ICAS. Applications will also be accepted from individuals who are qualified by experience
  • Driven and capable of working autonomously yet thrive in a collaborative environment
  • A skilled communicator, able to liaise effectively with stakeholders at all levels
  • Detail-oriented with a keen eye for financial accuracy and strong technical ability
  • Proactive in problem-solving and eager to contribute to strategic business plans
  • You are experienced in preparation of management accounts
  • Experienced in using Accounting software and systems including Excel
  • Experience of using NetSuite or Xero would be advantageous

The good stuff:

  • Opportunity to be a key part of the team, where you will work closely with a range of stakeholders across the business
  • Room for career growth and advancement within a rapidly expanding company
  • Chance to implement and develop process improvements, contributing directly to the company’s success
  • Exciting daily challenges in a fast-paced, innovative setting
  • Competitive salary package

Does this sound like you? Then we want to hear from you. Please get in touch today with Fiona Ashcroft today on 07909 200 824.

Do you dream of working in a distillery steeped in tradition, creating world-class single malt scotch whisky?

Ardgowan Distillery is seeking a passionate Distillery Manager to lead our production and ensure every bottle embodies our commitment to quality.

You are:

  • An experienced whisky professional with a deep understanding of the distilling process, from grain selection to cask maturation
  • A safety champion, dedicated to fostering a work environment that prioritises well-being and zero incidents
  • A natural leader who motivates and develops a high-performing team, fostering the Ardgowan culture
  • A brand ambassador, with the ability to showcase our distillery and its unique story to visitors

The good stuff:

  • Play a pivotal role in crafting our award-winning Ardgowan Single Malt
  • Lead a team dedicated to excellence in production, quality, and brand reputation
  • Contribute to shaping the future of the distillery, ensuring smooth operation and growth
  • Enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package in a supportive and rewarding environment

Does this sound like you? Then we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with Douglas Cross on 07900 604 898.

Welcome to the family

Clan Ardgowan is a diverse, global family of fans, supporters and connoisseurs of truly great whisky. People who enjoy whisky, who want to find out more about whisky and even become part of the process of making the greatest whisky in the world, by helping to fund our mission. In return for doing so, the Clan Ardgowan family will enjoy access to our finest whiskies and a range of exclusive benefits.

Composure under pressure

You will have the opportunity to communicate with a wide range of individuals internally and externally. You’ll manage processes carried out by third-party service providers to achieve successful ‘just-in-time’ bottling – composure under pressure is key. We’re searching for someone who has proven problem-solving skills, an ability to build and nurture relationships, and an aptitude for negotiating and influencing when required to achieve best results.

An agile approach

Every team member plays a key part in the business and its growth – we want someone who is willing to take on every day with a positive, dynamic, and agile approach, focusing on finding solutions when faced with challenges.

Contact us or apply here

If you’d like to find out more about this fantastic new opportunity with Ardgowan, please get in touch with Denholm Associates today.

New Spirits Division



Andy Brady is a seasoned HR recruitment specialist, with over two decades of expertise in the field. With a foundation in Human Resource Management from the University of Derby, Andy swiftly transitioned into specialised HR recruitment. His diverse portfolio spans FMCG, Manufacturing & Engineering, Financial Services, the Third Sector, and Supply Chain, working at all levels from entry to executive positions.


Recruitment AdministratoR

Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.



Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.



Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.


SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.



Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.



Alana has been working in recruitment since 2012, predominately within the FMCG & Consumer markets. Having recruited in both the UK & Asia Pacific markets, Alana has a sound knowledge of local & international recruitment. Partnering with brands to attract & hire the best sales talent in the market, Alana focuses on mid to senior level Sales appointments within the Consumer space. With a strong commercial & sales background, Alana identifies and engages the best commercially focused talent for our clients.



Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.



Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.



James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.



Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.







Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business

In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance


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