With 30 years brewing experience, you’d think Keith Bott, owner of Titanic Brewery would have tired of the line – ‘Bet that goes down well’.
Not a bit of it.
Brewing’s going down well throughout the West Midlands.
The number of independent brewers has doubled, now supporting over 86,000 jobs, and craft beer sales are still increasing. The sector is worth an annual £3billion locally.
In Stoke North alone, there’s 1 brewery and 88 pubs, providing nearly 1,000 jobs.
Neena Gill Labour MEP for the West Midlands says:
“Craft breweries are rightly proud of their community roots – providing local employment and local wealth. Yet, it’s time to branch out.”
“The UK is the 2nd largest beer producer in the EU – but it is only the 4th largest exporter.”
“That’s the challenge I am taking up - to extend and develop the export market. I am going to do this through the Enterprise Europe Network, which gives business support for the export market. Also the European Regional Development Fund is there to be used by small and medium businesses.”
People in Burslem want a better plan for a better future. That’s what I’m working on with Ruth Smeeth and your local Labour MPs.
I and my Labour colleagues in Stoke are offering to bring a genuine industrial strategy here.”
Ruth Smeeth, Labour’s PPC for Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove will say:
“As a member of CAMRA, I'm delighted to be here with Neena at the Titanic Brewery, speaking up for independent real ale breweries and pubs, and celebrating a great local company and success story.”
"If I'm elected in May, I'll be fighting for a real and effective industrial policy which supports SME's, in order to deliver more high skilled and well paid jobs to North Staffordshire. As opposed to the zero hours contracts, paying less than a living wage, which are currently on offer across the country."