Founded in 1851 by Cornishman Walter Hicks, St Austell Brewery is a family owned, independent brewer and pub company offering distinctive experiences to guests across its award-winning estate of south-west pubs and hotels.
With depots at St Columb, Ilfracombe, Newton Abbot and Avonmouth, St Austell Brewery is also one of the region’s largest wholesalers of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. The acquisition of Bath Ales in 2016 provided a platform for wider strategic growth in the company’s south-west heartland.
Although brewing is inherently an environmentally friendly process – using only the natural ingredients of water, barley, hops and yeast – a company incorporating two head offices, three breweries, four depots, 180 pubs and hotels as well as a logistics chain delivering to over 5,000 free trade businesses in the south-west is bound to create a sizeable carbon footprint.
The presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the field of Sustainable Development is testimony to St Austell Brewery’s long-term commitment to green brewing, reducing the impact of its business on the environment and the company’s awareness of its place in the local and wider community.
Chief executive James Staughton said: “St Austell Brewery is a company consisting of many different functions, including brewing, logistics and pubs – all of them award winners in their own right – but the Queen’s Award recognises the efforts of everyone at all levels across the business and that makes the award unique and very special.
“To us, sustainability is now second nature, as it should be with any organisation and this award isn’t just about the honour and prestige; just as important is the added insight it can offer towards the futureproofing of the business.”
The brewery, which employs over 1500 people across the south-west, nurtures local talent and provides career opportunities through links with local colleges and apprenticeship schemes and remains committed to exploring new avenues to maintain the continued growth of the business in a sustainable manner.