A successful Stoke-on-Trent brewery is looking to expand or relocate after outgrowing its current Burslem base.
Titanic Brewery has expanded rapidly in recent times and is now operating at capacity at its site at Callender Place, Burslem.
The company is in negotiations with Stoke-on-Trent City Council about either planning a move to a new site or expanding through a remodelling of the Callender Place industrial estate.
But Managing Director Keith Bott today pledged his determination to stay loyal to the Burslem area if Titanic needs to move.
Keith Bott brought Titanic Brewery, along with his brother Dave, from the receivers in 1985.
The brewery has grown rapidly and now has 20 employees at Callender Place and another 130 in its six pubs.
Production has risen from just seven barrels a week to around 2.3 million pints of beer a year.
Speaking at the Etruria Rotary Club Big Breakfast, Keith said: “When we moved into our current home in 2002, I said that at least we won’t have to move again as I thought it was plenty big enough.
“Now we have outgrown the space available and are ready to look at alternatives, either by finding a new site, or expanding our current base.”
Keith bought Titanic Brewery at the age of 21, having worked for the previous owner, John Pazio.
He said: “People say I was brave, but at that age I had little to lose. The really brave people are those in their forties who start a business while having all the responsibilities a family brings.”
Titanic Brewery recently opened its, sixth pub, the Roebuck Hotel, Leek, having had just one until 2007.
Keith said: We are committed to the pub business and will look to expand further where appropriate premises become available in and around North Staffordshire.
“We have been opening pubs against a background of closures. But there is no magic formula, we pride ourselves on creating welcoming pubs which sell good local produce and are used by customers of all ages.”
“Pubs are this country’s original social network and we should try to keep pubs open where ever possible. They are hubs of the community, providing a vital role and a base for many activities and events,” added Keith who has risen to play a central role in the industry as Chairman of SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers.
For further information contact Keith or Dave Bott on 01782 823447
Photo: Dave and Keith Bott (left and right) owners of the expanding Titanic Brewery.
Notes to editors:
Titanic’s full range of beer can be seen on the company’s award winning website at www.titanicbrewery.co.uk Titanic Brewery was founded in Burslem in 1985 and has grown to produce more than 2.3 million pints of fine ale every year. It is owned by Stafford born brothers Keith and Dave Bott. Keith is Chairman of SIBA, the society of independent brewers. The brewery name is in recognition of Stoke-on-Trent as the birthplace of Captain Edward Smith, Master of the ill fated Titanic ocean liner.
The brewery currently has a fleet of six pubs –
The Bulls Head, St John’s Square, Burslem
The Greyhound, George Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
The White Star, Kingsway, Stoke
The Royal Exchange, Radford Street, Stone
The Sun Inn, Lichfield Road, Stafford
The Roebuck, Derby Street, Leek.
Titanic Brewery Co. Ltd., Callender Place, Lingard Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1JL.