Nick Morgan, Head of tax, PwC West & Wales
James Staughton, CEO, St Austell Brewery
Mike Turner, Business Development Director, Ian Williams Ltd (2016 award winner)
"We are delighted to accept the award on behalf of the entire company. We are enormously proud to have been picked as winners from such an outstanding group of finalists. The testing criteria for the PwC awards are what make them so prestigious and they also serve to highlight the amazing standard of businesses operating across the South West at all levels. It is a very real honour for all of us at the company to see our efforts recognised and rewarded at such a high level."
St Austell Brewery has been announced 2017 West of England Business of Year, for businesses with turnover more than £30m.
The Independent Judges were impressed with sustainable growth, the bold acquisition of Bath Ales, product diversifications, and continued investment back into the business, including new brewing technologies.
The Brewery has invested in product and service innovations, including the launch of a 330ml can of Tribute to be served to British Airways customers – potentially reaching up to 27 million passengers, and the installation of the Small Batch Brewery to help meet the demand for craft ales.
Nick Morgan, PwC’s head of tax in the West region and chair of the Judges said
“St Austell Brewery have seen turnover increase by 44.5% to over £153m. The Brewery, which employs over 1,400 staff, also impressed award judges with its training facility and new Exeter-based chef academy and successful apprenticeship scheme”.
“I would personally like to congratulate St Austell and all the 2017 award finalists. This years competition saw a diverse range of businesses, showing the strength and breadth of the businesses here on our doorstep in the West of England”.
The Independent Judges personally visited St Austell Brewery, a long established family business that has continue to evolve. The business has invested in a small batch brewery for specialist beers and R&D, diversifying through hotels, food and now a coffee brand and producing half litre bottles and third of a litre cans to open up new markets.
The West of England Business of the Year Awards are sponsored by PwC and run in association with Circle2Success, Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Bristol, Bath, Swindon Business News.
Other finalists in the ‘Over £30m turnover’ category are: