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Whisky angels fly into the European market

Postby rebeccaparagraph » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:19 pm

A Stirling company’s innovative glass creations are set to be sold across Central Europe in a new deal.

Family firm Angels’ Share Glass has joined forces with German-based specialist importer A Wee Taste of Scotland who will distribute their handmade gifts throughout Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. A Wee Taste of Scotland is run by ex-pat Raymond Hackland and specialises in the sale of premium Scottish goods.

Mr Hackland contacted Angels’ Share Glass after being impressed by the firm’s products which include a signature line of unique glass angels filled with whisky. He says, “We are extremely selective about the products we represent and this is the first non-food and drink item we have agreed to distribute. Angels’ Share Glass has produced a fantastic product range that demonstrates the very high quality we seek and is testament to real Scottish craftsmanship. These are beautiful luxury gifts items which fit in with our philosophy about enjoying life a little bit more and we are undoubtedly delighted to be working with Angels' Share Glass.”

Raymond and his co-founder Franziska Schneider believe the glass gifts will prove popular with specialist retailers, whisky connoisseurs and whisky clubs as well as premium bars and hotels throughout Europe. He adds, “The Angels’ Share Glass range has some very special gift items indeed and we are over the moon to have found the perfect products to complement our expanding portfolio.”

Angels’ Share Glass Managing Director Karen Somerville says, “We’re delighted to be joining forces with A Wee Taste of Scotland to sell our unique glass gifts in Europe. The partnership is a perfect fit because – like us – A Wee Taste of Scotland specialises exclusively in high quality Scottish products and is enthusiastic about the goods it sells. Moving into the European market in this way is another major step forward for Angels’ Share Glass which cements our brand image and awareness. We’re really excited about this new venture and are looking forward to finding out what the people of Central Europe think about our gifts.”

Angels’ Share Glass recently launched a Crowdfunding appeal in a bid to raise £25,000 to create a state-of-the-art glassblowing studio. So far, 20% of the total has been raised in a week and Mrs Somerville is delighted with the response.
She says: “The reaction to our campaign has been amazing and we are grateful to all those who have helped us so far.

The firm’s ambitious crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Indiegogo on March 1 and runs until the end of April.

Anyone who can help support the New Studio can do so via http://igg.me/at/angelsstudio

More information about the bid - plus a video showing Tom and glassmaking apprentice Bee Hardy at work in their current studio – can be found on the firm’s website - www.angelsshareglass.com

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