Alastair Macphie

Macphie chairman receives recognition for outstanding contribution to Scottish family business

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Chairman of a Scottish food ingredients manufacturer Alastair Macphie has received the Outstanding Contribution Award at The Herald Family Business Awards for his efforts in driving the company’s sustainability agenda.

The Macphie chairman picked up the award last night (8 Dec) at the black-tie gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, attended by more than 170 members of the family business community. Supported by Strathclyde Business School, the outstanding contribution award recognises an individual or team which has made a significant impact on a Scottish-headquartered family business. Previous winners include James Donaldson & Sons and Sir John P. Campbell of Glenrath Farms.

Presenting the award was John Anderson, head of SME growth & board development at Strathclyde Business School. He said: “Headquartered in the family’s rural Aberdeenshire estate, Macphie has played a part in some of the world’s leading food brands since the 1920s – constantly innovating to develop ingredients that help create amazing dishes.

“Outstanding stewardship across the generations has resulted in a profitable business and strong balance sheet that allows for significant investment in production facilities and renewable energy.

“There is an authenticity to everything this company does and its corporate social responsibility reporting is a must-read.”

Alastair Macphie joined the family business Macphie in 1987, following his father and great uncle who founded the business in the 1920s. In 1995, Alastair was appointed the role of managing

Director before becoming chairman in 2007. In 2020, Alastair was appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Kincardineshire and takes an active role in supporting the community which is reflected in the business’s core values and B Corp certification.

The awards took place in association with Business Gateway, celebrating family businesses and the contribution they make to the wealth of the country.