Falkirk soap firm has sweet smell of success

Scottish Fine Soaps celebrate their 40th anniversary, director Derek Ross (left) and managing director Robert Ross''Picture: Michael Gillen
Scottish Fine Soaps celebrate their 40th anniversary, director Derek Ross (left) and managing director Robert Ross''Picture: Michael Gillen

One of Falkirk’s longest-
established family businesses is marking a special 
anniversary with a new look.

Scottish Fine Soaps was set up 40 years ago by Derek Ross and now supplies its 
collections to 30 countries worldwide.

However, the firm has been trading since 1923 when the Union Chemical 
Company, now known as Unicom, was set up, and almost 30 years ago, Alexander Ross Holdings was formed to 
incorporate both businesses.

Current managing director Robert Ross is the fourth generation working in the business which is now based at North Main Street, 
Carronshore.

To mark its 40 years of trading, Scottish Fine Soaps has given its two best-selling collections of luxury soap, bath and beauty products a makeover.

Robert said: “We are 
always considering what the market is looking for. We have input from our design and marketing teams who come up with ideas.

“There is a move towards products which have natural and environmentally friendly additives and we are considering how we can have better natural formulations. We have an in-house chemist doing this work in our laboratory.”

The company has 97 employees, with an average service of 15 years.

It has increased turnover from £12.5 million in 2010 to £15.5 million this year.

The managing director added: “Around 65 per cent of our products go to export, mainly America, Canada, 
Germany and Japan.

“This has been a particularly busy time in the run-up to Christmas and thanks to today’s transport systems we can make deliveries very quickly,

“We are now looking 
forward to increasing our turnover and activity which will hopefully lead to an 
increase in employment.”