Saltaire Brewery is celebrating a successful six months of growth and development.
The Shipley-based brewery has taken on eight new team members, become an accredited Living Wage employer and has announced its managing director, Ewen Gordon, has become a significant shareholder now owning 20 per cent of the business.
After working at the brewery for four years, Ewen became managing director in 2015 and has since driven the company’s ambitious five-year growth plan. To recognise his contribution to the business, Tony Gartland, who founded the brewery in 2005, has sold 20 per cent of his shares.
Tony said: “Ewen has shown great commitment to Saltaire Brewery and produced fantastic results during his time leading on our ongoing investment programme. I’m pleased to celebrate his contribution with this sale so he can share in our long-term growth and future successes.”
Ewen Gordon said: “It’s an absolute honour to own a significant part of Saltaire Brewery and I’m extremely proud of how far we’ve come in recent years. This is an incredibly exciting period for the business as we’re about to enter a new era – watch this space.”
The brewery has also grown its team substantially within the first half of 2018 and has employed eight new starters across sales, marketing, the brewhouse and Brewery Tap.
In May, Saltaire Brewery was awarded accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation which recognises the voluntary efforts put in place by a business to ensure all staff earn the real living wage.
Ewen added: “What a brilliant first half of the year! We have lots to celebrate and becoming Living Wage Foundation accredited is great news for our team and for us as an employer.
“We have always worked hard to attract, develop and retain employees by paying a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work so to now be recognised for what we do is great. Our view is that no-one should be paid less than the real living wage, which is much higher than the Government’s statutory minimum wage.”