Profits at William Grant & Sons rose to £69m from £61m last year on a turnover of £329m, which was up £6m. That was despite paying £2.8m compensation to former chief executive Patrick Thomas. The company, established by William Grant in 1886 at Dufftown, Banffshire, is now firmly back in the hands of the Grant-Gordon family. The Mail on Sunday 21/11/04 (Financial Mail) page 10