Cash boost for Polmont whisky distillery

The Falkirk Distillery Company in Salmon Inn Road
The Falkirk Distillery Company in Salmon Inn Road

Ambitious plans to create 80 jobs by bringing whisky production back to Falkirk after a 20-year absence have been given a cash boost.

The Falkirk Distillery Company, which hopes to develop a distillery and visitor centre next to the Antonine Wall near Polmont, has been awarded a £444,000 grant by the Scottish Government to move the project forward. The package was announced by cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead at the Royal Highland Show - and welcomed by Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald.

He said: “I’m delighted the company has been awarded such a substantial sum to help with start-up costs. The next few years will be an exciting time for the Scotch whisky industry and it’s fantastic Falkirk will play its part in the expansion of the trade.”

Fiona Stewart, joint managing director, said: “We hope to start construction work very shortly.”