MUCKLE BRIG IS A WINE & SPIRITS PRODUCER & DISTRIBUTOR BASED IN LEITH, SCOTLAND

WE ARE MUCKLE BRIG

Our company was established in 2014 by two lifelong friends from Edinburgh with a passion for wines & spirits, and Scotch Whisky in particular.

We wanted to create delicious, beautiful and sustainable products that tell stories about where we’re from.

We wanted to take a closer look at whisky production and focus on some questions that no one else was answering.

We also wanted to have some fun while we were doing all of that.

LIND & LIME GIN

THE PORT OF
LEITH DISTILLERY

THE LEITH EXPORT CO

OUR VALUES

We thought that it would be fun to build a whisky distillery. Create our very own Single Malt Whisky… that’s got to be fun.

From a single person in a garden shed, our company has grown to include multiple sites, brands, and a team of 34 (and growing) passionate and talented individuals – fun!

Raising investment has been incredibly good fun. 

Creating and launching products, and watching the world’s reaction… that’s very very good fun. That’s probably the most fun. 

Launch parties, opening parties, birthday parties, random parties. They’re all very good fun.

So how do we make this fun? By sticking to our values.

WE FOCUS ON PRODUCTS THAT WE LOVE

WE'RE REALISTIC

WE KEEP OUR CONSCIENCE CLEAR

WE ACHIEVE EVERYTHING AS A TEAM

WE DEAL WITH THE DIFFICULT STUFF FIRST

WE SPEND OUR MONEY ON THE RIGHT THINGS

WE INVITE OUR FRIENDS TO PARTIES

"NEXT LEVEL GOOD - STUNNING GIN."

JAMIE OLIVER

LIND & LIME GIN

Lind & Lime is our classic London Dry Gin. We produce it using just seven botanicals, with juniper at its core, complimented by fresh lime peel and pink peppercorn. This citrus twist on a classic style has proven hugely popular with consumers. 

We are certified organic – from every ingredient we use to our base Grain Neutral Spirit.

We produce our gin at The Lind & Line Distillery on Coburg Street in Leith, Edinburgh. We make it using a 500L still powered with 100% green electricity. We distil on a daily basis, producing up to 2400 bottles with every run. We also run regular tours at the distillery which are proving to be very popular indeed.

Our recipe took 18 months to perfect, work which is now paying off as we’ve won multiple international awards for the gin’s superior quality, including Gold from the San Francisco Spirits Competition 2022, London Spirits Competition 2022, Spirits Business Gin Masters Gold 2020 and best London Dry Gin at Scottish Gin Awards 2020.

WE’RE BUILDING A DISTILLERY LIKE NO OTHER

THE PORT OF LEITH DISTILLERY

It started when Ian & Paddy, two whisky fanatics from Edinburgh, started ‘experimenting’ with whisky production in their back garden. They discovered significant opportunities to do something different and exciting with the spirit that they loved. An ambition to build a distillery was born.

To us, the magic of a great whisky is its complexity; the ability of a single glass of spirit to taste of many things at once.

It’s easy to identify a couple of flavours in a whisky – cereal and vanilla, for example. But a truly great whisky can be extraordinarily complex, with many different aromas and flavours contained in a single glass.

We want to create an incredibly complex, balanced spirit; delicious, beguiling flavours held in perfect harmony.

We’re seeking to achieve this by unpicking every element of the production process, identifying what it contributes to our spirit and asking ourselves how can it be done better.

There is no final destination to this pursuit, and so our whisky will never stand still – it will never achieve consistency. Each year’s production will reflect the people who made it, the changing character of the place in which it’s made, of what it’s made from and where it’s aged; the challenges and discoveries of its vintage.

LOCAL & EXOTIC WINES & SPIRITS

COBURG STREET, LEITH

THE LEITH EXPORT CO

Our company is based in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith, a place that was at one time Scotland’s trading gateway with the world.

The Leith Export Co (LEXCO) is our trading arm. It serves as the online shop for The Port of Leith Distillery and Lind & Lime Gin, and very soon, it will take the form of physical retail spaces at both of those distilleries.

It will also become the trading identity for all of our trade sales and exports around the world.

We are also creating a range of proprietory labels under this brand, starting with our champagne, La Garde Ecossaise, and soon to be followed by a range of still wines, and a blended scotch whisky.

WORK WITH US

WE ASKED OUR TEAM HOW LIKELY THEY WOULD BE TO RECOMMEND WORKING HERE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

THEY GAVE US A 94% POSITIVE RATING.

If there’s one thing we’ve done very well since day one: we hire great people.

As a young and fast-growing company, we rely on an exceptional team to bring initiative, creativity and intelligence to everything we do.

For our part, we seek to support them and create a working environment in which they can thrive.

NEW ROLES

We are a small, agile, entrepreneurial, and passionate team. In order deliver our vision for Lind & Lime and Port of Leith, we need and want to grow.

We are looking for dynamic and entrepreneurial individuals with a passion for premium spirits. You are someone who can work in a start-up / scale up environment, and work seamlessly across all business functions.

Our new hires will be a key part of delivering the next stage of the company’s growth evolution.

A wonderful, newly created commercial leadership role with one of UK’s great ultra-premium spirits companies.

Reporting to the Brand Growth Director, the UK Sales Manager will be responsible for leading the development of the 3 year UK sales and distribution growth strategy for the Muckle Brig portfolio, with an initial focus on Lind & Lime Gin.

Other key duties include working closely with the Brand Manager to develop and evolve the brand support tools to drive visibility and the management of a small perfectly formed UK sales team.

To be considered, you will have a proven track record of identifying and winning new customers and of growing key multi-channel accounts in either Retail, Grocery, On-trade or Wholesale in Scotland & UK. Naturally dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a passion for amazing luxury spirits, you will ideally have experience of working for a small-medium sized gin and/or whisky distillery which has been on a rapid scale-up trajectory. Some exposure in a larger drinks company would be a nice to have too.

A brand new international leadership role reporting to the Brand Growth Director, which has responsibility for leading the 3 year development of the international sales and distribution strategy for the Muckle Brig portfolio, with the initial focus on the luxury Lind & Lime Gin brand.

Key duties include working with internal and 3rd party international partners to deliver rate of sale & distribution growth potential in the Strategic ‘Attack and Boost’ markets and driving new business development and appointing new partners in new geographies. People management of a small sales team and working hand in hand with the Brand Manager to develop brand activation strategy are also essential elements of the role.

To be considered, you will be a commercially-minded premium sprits enthusiast with proven experience of developing international business and of managing global distribution partners.

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If you’d like to find out more about these fantastic new opportunities with Muckle Brig, please get in touch with Denholm Associates today.

Paul McKernan

HAIDER BILGRAMI

Finance Coordinator

Haider recently graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has gathered experience in the finance industry through internships and previous jobs. He will be using all the skills he has acquired through his previous experiences to assist the finance department with gathering data and providing analysis that will help the business expand.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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. 

ZOE LUMSDEN

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.

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.

ANGELA MCCANN

DIRECTOR OF GROWTH

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.

JAMES BLYTH

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

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.

ANDY MACEWAN

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

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.

SCOTT CAITHNESS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP PARTNER

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.

DAVID RANDALL

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING & SALES

David started recruitment at the age of 23 and while it isn’t for everyone, it was for David. What he really enjoys is looking beyond the CV and really getting to know the people sitting across the table, learning all about them and building relationships with new people. And that hasn’t changed to this day. David loves solving the puzzle of balancing the needs and wants clients and candidates to reach a point where everyone is happy. Based in Glasgow, he covers the B2B market for sales and marketing roles across Scotland.

LIZ PARSONS

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING

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.

EUAN ARCHIBALD

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.

CALLUM BEVERIDGE

SENIOR CONSULTANT - TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

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.

DREW GILLIES

HEAD OF AGENCY

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.

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