Pride of Pendle Brewer crowned the 'Pride of Burnley'
Moorhouse’s toasts town’s award in its 150th anniversary year
Moorhouse’s Brewery– brewers of the internationally acclaimed ‘Pride of Pendle’ ale – has been crowned the ‘Pride of Burnley’ in the town’s prestigious annual business awards.
One of Burnley’s longest established companies, which marks its 150th anniversary this year, Moorhouse’s collected the special Chief Executive’s Award at the glittering presentation evening at Towneley Hall (see photograph).
The award recognises the longstanding contribution that Moorhouse’s has made to championing the former mill town – as the famous ‘Pendle Witches’ brands have grown business nationally in recent years with leading pub companies such as Punch, Enterprise and J.D.Wetherspoon.
Pam Smith, Burnley Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The Long Standing Contribution Award was presented to Moorhouse’s to acknowledge the long standing contribution this company has made to Burnley.
“They are celebrating their 150th Anniversary, and have been producing world class beverages in Burnley for 150 years. They have invested in a state of the art brewery transforming one of the key gateways into Burnley, export their products and the positive Burnley message across the globe, and are committed to growing here in the town. I’m so proud of their heritage and their commitment to the future in Burnley.”
Toasting the award with brewery colleagues, MD David Grant said:
“It is wonderful to receive this award in our 150th year in business. It is a really great anniversary present to know that a business founded in the industrial revolution is the pride of Burnley “
“For some years now the team at Moorhouse’s has worked very hard indeed to put our award winning beers cask ales on a national stage with our beers now in the south and prestigious London venues.
“This has also promoted Burnley to a national and indeed international audience. My thanks go out to the whole of the Moorhouse’s team for making this happen as we celebrate our 150th.”
Moorhouse’s is seeing year-on-year record sales for the famous ‘Pendle Witches’ ales with a turnover now north of £6m. And last year it saw an early success for an initiative to revive the cultivation of Britain’s favourite ‘brewing barley’ the North West.*
The move is encouraging farmers to grow the traditional Maris Otter barley in the region as it seeks to secure crucial sustainable supplies for the future of its £4.5m brewery opened four years ago. The project is central to a strategy of ‘growth through quality and provenance’.