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IoD Scotland - Simon Erlanger, Isle of Harris Gin - Profits with Purpose

01 Aug 2019
IoD Scotland, Edinburgh
During this Leadership Lecture hear from Simon Erlanger, Managing Director of the Isle of Harris Distillers, who won the SME Award at the IoD Director of the Year Awards at both Scotland and UK levels in 2018.

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Date & time: 01 Aug 2019 18:00 - 20:30
Location: IoD Scotland, Edinburgh
CPD Hours: 1.0000

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10.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member Price

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This “profits with purpose” business started in 2015 to provide employment on the remote island of Harris. With Erlanger at the helm, its visitor numbers, sales and profits have exceeded expectations, thanks in no small part to its approach to social media and direct consumer engagement.
The Isle of Harris Distillery opened in 2015 and this “profits with purpose” business aims to provide employment on a remote island, producing gin and single malt whisky and offering a significant visitor experience.

Simon Erlanger is balancing the need to establish a commercially viable enterprise with long-term sustainability.

At this special events hear Simon share his views on
- Purpose & Vision
- Leadership story
- How the brand has grown but kept true to its values
- Lessons learned


6-6.30pm              Arrival & networking – tea/coffee & nibbles served
                      Welcome from IOD Scotland
6.30- 7.15pm          Simon’s leadership story and brand journey
7.15 – 7.30pm      Closing remarks and Q&A
7.35 – 8.30pm      Gin tasting & Networking – includes Cushiedoos Premium Tonic


Simon Erlanger, Isle of Harris Gin

Simon’s expertise is in the international development of premium brands.  After a career in retailing with Marks & Spencer, he was employed in a variety of sales and marketing roles with what is now Diageo, including several years overseas. 

Previously one of four Executive Directors at Glenmorangie, Simon led the 30 strong sales and marketing teams. Latterly, having managed the integration of the business into LVMH, he provided strategic marketing and business development services to a small number of companies across a variety of sectors.

Simon took up the role as MD at Isle of Harris Distillers in April 2015.

Specialties: International brand development. Organisational change. Sales & negotiation. Developing partnerships. Team leadership. Business integration. 



Prices from

10.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
10.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member Price


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