Articles by: spiritsuk

News: Why the next Government must #BackSpirits

Throughout the general election, the UK Spirits Alliance has been raising awareness of the industry amongst candidates and would-be MPs so they are aware of the impact of high taxes on our iconic British spirits. As the general election continues, it’s been great to see commitments from across the political […]

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News: Campaign Overview April

This was one of our busiest and best campaigns yet. From driving our campaign ad van around local pubs and landmarks, to securing national media coverage using our own industry polling, we certainly made a splash in Westminster. MPs and Treasury officials couldn’t help but take notice of our calls […]

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News: Campaign overview

As Parliament returned in January 2023, the UK Spirits Alliance ramped up engagement with MPs from across the political spectrum.  In February, our ‘State of Spirits’ pamphlet landed in the inbox of all MPs, raising the profile of the industry in parliament, with letters going out to influential Conservative backbench […]

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News: Member engagement

In our campaign ahead of the Budget in March, we heard from distiller Matthew Russell from Copper Rivet Distillery in Kent. He spoke with GB News about the pressures facing small distillers at present, and the need for recognition from the Government that small distilleries across the UK are struggling […]

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Meet our Members: Wharf Distillery

  Who are you, and what’s your role? Laurence Conisbee. I am the founder of Wharf Distillery. I run the distillery and am still actively involved in day to day production and product development whilst building the distillery team. How long have you had the distillery open? We started distilling […]

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Meet our Members: Little Quaker Distillery

Who are you, and what’s your role? Paul and Leanne Colman (Owners) How long have you had the distillery open? Three years now What inspired you / the company to start distilling? Born out of a desire to escape from the daily grind of the rat race and a mutual […]

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Meet our Members: Batch Distillery

Who are you, and what’s your role? Phil Whitwell – Director & Founder How long have you had the distillery open? 2014, 8 years What inspired you / the company to start distilling? Batch Brew Limited originally began producing bottled craft beers in Winchester, selling to local bars and restaurants […]

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Peter Dignan

Meet our Members: Lost Loch Spirits

  Who are you, and what’s your role? I’m Peter Dignan (owner) and like any small business my role is anything that needs doing and anything I need to do. How long have you had the distillery open? The distillery opened in 2017. What inspired you / the company to […]

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Meet our Members: Stockport Gin

  Who are you, and what’s your role? Paul & Cheryl Sharrocks, Owners and Founders How long have you had the distillery open? We set the company up in Nov 2018 and launched our first gin in March 2019 so just over 3 years. What inspired you / the company […]

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Ian Hart - Sacred Spirits

Meet our Members: Sacred Spirits

Who are you, and what’s your role? Ian Hart, Founder and Distiller How long have you had the distillery open? 2008 (14 years) What inspired you / the company to start distilling? Naturally curious and fascinated with science and distillation from an early age, Ian Hart would eventually gain a […]

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Meet our Members: Thames Distillers

Who are you, and what’s your role? I am Charles Maxwell the managing director of Thames Distillers Ltd How long have you had the distillery open? Thames was established in December 1996 What inspired you / the company to start distilling? I/We were inspired to establish Thames as the stills, […]

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Meet our Members: Forest Distillery

What’s your name and role? Karl Bond. Co-founder What inspired you / the company to start distilling? A love of spirits, combined with a shared interest in distillation with my wife Lindsay. How long have you had the distillery open? Forest Distillery opened in  2015, but our story began in 2013 […]

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Call Time on Tariffs

Creators of world famous Downton Abbey Gin fear US tariffs

North Yorkshire based distillery, Harrogate Tipple, fear a huge blow to the UK spirits industry if Donald Trump’s administration imposes another round of punitive tariffs on popular British goods – including their famous ‘Downton Abbey’ gin and whisky. The craft distillery who employ around 20 people in North Yorkshire only […]

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Forest Distillery’s Spirited Success Story

Local distillery can continue to grow and innovate with a stable duty regime.  Local MP, David Rutley, was recently invited to meet with Mr Karl and Lindsay Bond, owners of the award-winning Forest Distillery, to learn more about recent successful developments with their business. Karl and Lindsay were also keen […]

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UK Spirits Alliance reacts to the Chancellor’s update

Reacting to the Chancellor’s summer update in the House of Commons, a UK Spirits Alliance spokesperson said: “We welcome any measures to support the recovery of the hospitality sector, which is a vital part of the UK economy and one of the hardest hit by Coronavirus. It will be great to see […]

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Trudy Harrison MP: Lakes Distillery continues to grow as it benefits from the Conservative’s decision to freeze duty on spirits

Lakes Distillery continues to grow as it benefits from the Conservative’s decision to freeze duty on spirits. This has allowed the successful business, nestled on the shores of Bassenthwaite, to continue to expand and create employment. Trudy Harrison, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Copeland, was invited to the attraction to […]

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