71 Brewing, in Dundee, has appointed 41-year-old Scott Laing as its new sales manager. Scott (pictured) has a career in sales spanning 12 years, ten of which have been dedicated to the beer trade.

Scott Laing 71 BrewingHe was recruited as a field sales executive by TCB in 2006 and joined Belhaven two years later as sales account manager for North East Scotland, a position he held for six years.

Scott joins 71 Brewing from McEwan’s Beer Company, where he was a business development executive, responsible for 300 accounts across Fife and Tayside.

71 Brewing founder, Duncan Alexander, said: “We’d heard about Scott even before he applied — he’s one of those guys who knows everyone in the trade and everyone knows and respects him.

“Relationships are all-important when it comes to building a brand like ours from the ground up, and Scott really stood out because of his connections, his presence — and I’m not just talking about his height — his professionalism and his energy. He’s making great inroads already for us in the trade.”