Family And Community

The Haughey empire, however, is most certainly not built on sand. It is rooted in his family, in the community he loves, and in the city he feels most at home in.

He met Susan, through a friend of his sister’s in 1976. They married two years later and it is a partnership that extends beyond the marital home, with Susan, a 50:50 partner in the business. Lord Haughey is the first to admit he could not have realised his dream without Susan’s unselfish commitment.

They are both immensely proud of their son, Kenny, a music industry entrepreneur. Lord Haughey, of course, left school without qualifications, but says his proudest family moment was seeing his son graduate from Strathclyde University.

Kenny is now based in Switzerland but, like his father, is an entrepreneur who wants to give something back to Scotland and is spending millions transforming the old Lipton’s social club in Glasgow, into a world-class recording studio for international recording stars. Kenny has big plans for 2011 when he will take his business international.

A major focus for Kenny will be helping Glasgow’s budding bands on the road to success and he will devote time, money and energy into setting up a community project, complete with an internet café, which will provide local kids with free musical tuition.

Lord Haughey & Glasgow

Like Kenny, Lord Haughey is passionate about Scotland – his new HQ is called Caledonia House – and he’s immensely proud of the honours which have been bestowed on him.

His contribution to business, which extends beyond his own company to helping others through the ground-breaking Entrepreneurial Exchange, for example, earned him an OBE in 2003. The honour followed a raft of business awards including the Entrepreneur of the Year.

On June 16, 2012, he was given the ultimate honour when the Queen announced in her Birthday Honours List that he was to be knighted for services to business and charitable causes.

The honours most prized by Lord Haughey, however, relate to the city of his birth. Glasgow has awarded him the city’s two top honours – the St Mungo Prize and The Loving Cup – which are given to a city resident deemed to have made the most outstanding contribution to the City of Glasgow over a consistent period.

He received the Loving Cup in 2001 for his charitable works and in presenting him with the St Mungo Prize in 2006, Glasgow’s then Lord Provost, Councillor Liz Cameron, said: “Willie Haughey is a true friend to this city and has distinguished himself as a giant of the business community and a patron of the arts”.

Lord Haughey Awards Received

  • 2013 – Ennoblement of Baron Haughey Kt, OBE of Hutchesontown in the City of Glasgow
  • 2012 - Knighthood announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours List - June 2012
  • 2009 - Glasgow Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Achievement Award - October 2009
  • 2008 - The Scottish Business Achievement Award - May 2008
  • 2006 - The St. Mungo Prize - Awarded to the Citizen of Glasgow who has worked tirelessly to promote and enhance the wellbeing of it's less fortunate Citizens, and at the same time adding to the reputation of Glasgow the Caring City - December 2006
  • 2005 - Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University - Doctor of Technology - November 2005
  • 2005 - Great Scot 2005 Awards - Business Award - Sunday Mail - October 2005
  • 2004 - Excellence in Public Service Award - Received from John McLaughlin M.B.E. - Chairman of Govan Initiative Limited - December 2004
  • 2004 - Business Week Europe's Hot Growth Companies, City Refrigeration No. 1 in Europe 500 - October 2004
  • 2004 - Bighearted Business Person of the Year - September 2004
  • 2003 - Business Man of the Year Award - Insider Publications - October 2003
  • 2003 - OBE - Awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Entrepreneurship in the West of Scotland - June 2003
  • 2002 - Lanarkshire Business of the Year
  • 2001 - Loving Cup - Received from the Lord Provost of Glasgow for charitable works
  • 2000 - Refrigeration Industry Business of the Year
  • 2000 - Entrepreneur of the Year (Entrepreneurial Exchange)
  • 2000 - Entrepreneur of the Year Institute - Winner of the Masterclass 2000 (Earnst & Young)
  • 2000 - Entrepreneur of the Year - Business to Business (Earnst & Young)
  • 1999 - Entrepreneur of the Year - Finalist (Entrepreneurial Exchange)