St Austell Brewery chief executive James Staughton with the Made in the UK award
Representing the South West, St Austell Brewery has been named the UK’s best manufacturer at the Insider Media Made in the UK Awards.
Major investment and the acquisition of Bath Ales helped drive growth across 2016 for the brewery, best known for its flagship Tribute Cornish pale ale and Proper Job and Korev brands, bringing with it recognition from all industry quarters, including best regional brewer and business of the year accolades.
Nominated for and winning two awards at the regional Insider Made in the South West awards last year meant the brewery was automatically nominated for the national finals in the two winning categories: sustainable manufacturer and manufacturer of the year (over £25m).
The national awards event, bringing together all the regional winners from the past 12 months, was held at the Titanic Hotel, in Liverpool, in association with the Department for International Trade.
St Austell chief executive, James Staughton, said: “2016 was an incredibly important year for us, and for the efforts of everyone within the company to be recognised at such a high level is truly rewarding.
“The fact that the Insider Media awards celebrate excellence across the business sector as a whole make this an even more important accolade for us and we are proud to be helping to put the South West firmly back on the UK manufacturing map.”
The judges were impressed by the company’s contract wins, notably with British Airways, which show the firm looking for growth through new market entry points. Also highlighted was the acquisition of Bath Ales last year, alongside plans to double the existing brewing capacity at Bath’s Warmley site.