Maverick Drinks ( and if you know Ableforth’s, That Boutique-y Whisky Company and Drinks by the Dram then you’ll know Maverick Drinks!) has been named as a 2018 recipient of The Queen’s Award For Enterprise: International Trade, one of the most coveted awards in UK business.
Every year, a select group of companies receives the accolade, which recognises outstanding achievements in export, specifically regarding innovation and best business practice.
The Queen’s Enterprise Award, which is valid for five years, is internationally regarded as one of the most distinguished in the world. There are four categories: Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility.
As the leading distributor of craft spirits, Maverick Drinks kicked off exports for brand owner Atom Brands. Atom Brands has now taken international efforts in-house with great success, while Maverick Drinks focuses solely on the UK.
The business received the award for International Trade, reflecting the tremendous overseas growth from 2016 to 2017, and was specifically recognised for excellence in the “production of multi-award-winning British craft spirits brands, Bathtub Gin, Rumbullion!, That Boutique-y Whisky Company and That Boutique-y Gin Company”.
International sales for the company, which produces Ableforth’s and Drinks by the Dram among others, soared by more than 1500%. This growth trajectory is on track to continue in 2018.
For 2018, just 152 companies were awarded the Queen’s Award For Enterprise: International Trade, placing Atom Brands in a very select group of high-achieving exporters.
Winning The Queen’s Enterprise Award is not only a testament to the value of the international trade we have built in the last three years, but is also a massive acknowledgement of the work from our global partners and their absolute belief in Atom Brands.
– Ben Ellefsen: MD at Atom Brands
None of this would come together without the tireless efforts of our logistics crew who are the backbone of getting our goods to market.
A lot of blood, sweat and tears have brought us to this moment and it is a journey that I am immensely proud of.
– Nick Ravenhall: Atom Brands’ global head of sales
Winners receive the Award at a Royal reception, and have permission to use the Queen’s emblem on their own materials throughout the five-year duration.
Maverick Drinks products are available to buy from Master of Malt.