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New crop of bartenders added to William Grant & Sons 1887 Collective

Published:  07 May, 2019

William Grant & Sons UK has invited 26 UK-based bartenders to join its on-trade advocacy programme, the 1887 Collective.

The 12 month programme gives bartenders career-building opportunities, brand training, access to industry expertise and the chance to partner with William Grant & Sons UK’s brands and ambassadors.

“When I was nominated for this year’s 1887 Collective I was absolutely over the moon,” said Kelsie Hamilton, one of the new 1887 Collective members who works at Nightcap in Edinburgh.

“However, it wasn’t until my time spent away with the other bartenders from across the country that I really realised what a privilege it was to be involved with such an incredible initiative. I’m genuinely excited for our future events and feel like I’ve already made lasting relationships with my industry peers - both personal and professional.”

Rueben Clark, from Nocturnal Animals in Birmingham, was part of the Collective last year and said it was a “huge privilege. Finishing off the year with an exclusive look at the Hendrick’s Gin Palace, surrounded by all my new friends was nothing short of magical.”

The programme is now in its fourth year and has enrolled over 70 bartenders.

“We are genuine supporters of the industry and always looking to take alternative approaches to working with bartenders and equipping them with skills and knowledge for the future,” said Bryony Ritchie, events & advocacy manager at William Grant & Sons UK.

“The 1887 Collective has been hugely successful over the last few years and we are proud of how it has grown from strength to strength to create such an incredible community of industry characters that we consider as family.”