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Scotch Whisky Shot
Some helpful frequently asked questions regarding our membership process

Is my company eligible to join the SWA?

Anyone who is involved in the wholesale Scotch Whisky trade is eligible to apply for membership of the Scotch Whisky Association.   This includes: Scotch Whisky distillers, Blenders, Brand-owners, Brokers.  It does not include Scotch Whisky retailers or suppliers to the Scotch Whisky industry.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have sound financial standing.  This can normally be satisfied if a) they have been licensed to distil Scotch Whisky by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs or b) they can produce audited accounts for the previous two financial years.

 

What if my company doesn't meet the requirements for membership?

If you don’t meet the criteria at the moment but think you will in the future (e.g. you haven’t been trading for 2 years), we can add your details to our database and we will be in touch.  Please provide your contact details to our Head of Membership Services (membership@swa.org.uk).

 

Do you represent small companies?

Yes, we offer a unique membership base which represents over 70 member companies, from global spirits producers, family-owned firms and established to new distillers. 

 

How can I join the SWA?

Membership of the SWA requires the payment of an annual membership subscription which is based on your Scotch Whisky-related turnover.   There is a 50% discount for new members in the first year of membership and a 25% discount for the second year.  For further details on how to join please click here.

 

Do you offer an affiliate membership package?

The SWA represents companies who are involved in the wholesale Scotch Whisky trade, this includes Scotch Whisky Distillers, Blenders, Brand-owners and Brokers.   We do not offer an affiliate membership package.  

We do however, have a section on our members-only extranet site for companies offering supplies of products or services to our members.  For further information please email info@swa.org.uk.

 

Does the SWA work for the Government?

The SWA is not funded by either the Scottish or UK Governments; it is an independent Trade Association which represents the interests of its members who are private businesses.