The Trust's Corporate Members

This page is dedicated to the Trust’s Corporate Members which is comprised of Brewers, Pub Companies, Allied Traders, Associations and several local Trust supporters. The Trust thanks these corporate bodies for their support and has an intention to use this web site to provide more in depth features on each one


In 1876, Charles Wells bought his first brewery on the banks of the River Ouse in Bedford. But today, Charles Wells is the UK’s largest private brewing company, with a substantial pub chain across the UK and France and a rapidly growing export business with sales growing over 20% a year. On 18th May 2017 Charles Wells Ltd agreed terms to sell its brewery and brand sales interests to Marston’s PLC for a cash consideration of £55 million, plus working capital adjustments.

Immortalised in the name of one of their famous ales, 1845 is a year that will forever be Fuller’s. It was then that the partnership papers of Fuller, Smith & Turner were officially signed, marking the start of something very special for London’s brewery scene. However, the Fuller’s story had been brewing long before then. Beer has been made in the Chiswick area of the capital for more than 350 years, dating back to the era of Oliver Cromwell.

In 1777, Charles Hall, a Dorset farmer, founded a brewery in the Dorset village of Ansty to provide beer to General Clinton’s troops who were stationed on the south coast before being shipped to America to fight the pesky Colonialists. Today it is owned and run by the seventh generation of the Woodhouse family, with Mark Woodhouse and Anthony Woodhouse as the current stewards, proud to be a leading independent regional brewer with an established pub estate of beautiful pubs in great locations across the South of England.

Hook Norton is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. Of course, the brewery is about so much more than just its fantastic range of award winning beers. They welcome over 25,000 visitors a year to their Visitor Centre and 37 of their pubs are at the heart of many of local communities, serving great drink and food to the region. Throughout the brewery’s history the thread of family involvement has been continuous to the present day.

Thomas Hardy is a unique, private, service company dedicated to brewing and packaging customers’ own premium brands under confidential contracts. They have long term plans to invest in quality plant and qualified people to service customers’ needs and offer a complete service of brewing, blending, packaging & warehousing.

In 1794, Dorset rope and net makers – the Gundry family – built the Old Brewery on the banks of the River Brit in Bridport. Since then, there’s been non-stop brewing on this site. Generations of Palmers have kept the brews bubbling. In the late 19th century, two Palmers brothers – John Cleeves and Robert Henry – bought the brewery and gave it their names: JC & RH Palmer. Today, their great grandsons, John and Cleeves Palmer, work in the company. As Palmers Brewery, it remains among the best of small independent brewers.

In 2002 Coor’s aquired the England and Wales based business of Bass Brewers and created Coors Brewers Ltd., the UK’s second largest brewer. As a result of this acquisition it acquired the then named Bass Museum, changing its name in 2003 to the Coors Visitor Centre. Over the ensuing period the company has continued to expand via acquisition to the point where it is now the third largest global brewer.

Pub Companies

Punch Taverns plc is a pub and bar operator in the United Kingdom, with around 3,500 leased and tenanted pubs. It is headquartered in the traditional brewing centre of Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE SmallCap Index.

Allied Traders

The Briggs Group is involved in the Brewing, Distilling, Food, Pharmaceutical, Health & Beauty and Biofuels markets, providing process engineering solutions for the world’s leading companies. In the international Brewing and Distilling industry Briggs enjoys an outstanding reputation, with an engineering heritage that goes back over 270 years and still offers leading technologies for mash conversion, lautering, mash filtration, wort boiling, maturation and conditioning.

Charles Faram has been established as merchants of hops and hop products for over 150 years. The company, which was originally based in Worcester, now resides in the small hamlet of Newland situated at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills. With over 100 different varieties of hops to choose from, it provides an artist’s palette of flavours to create every type and style of beer.

Established in 1827, Darley is one of the UK’s most famous names in print, packaging & bespoke design solutions, specialising in wet glue labels for the food and drinks industries. It’s also the largest producer of bottle labels in the country. Appropriately enough, Darley is based at the heart of the brewing industry in Burton upon Trent. Darley recently gifted the Trust a set of pre war bottle labels that have been converted into quality coasters for sale in the Trust’s on line shop.

James Eadie (1827-1904) was a Scottish brewer who founded an eponymous brewery in Burton on Trent which operated for 90 years before being acquired by Bass, Ratcliffe & Gretton in 1933. Aside from beer, the Eadie family had their own recipe for a Blended Scotch whisky. Only a few bottles of the original James Eadie whisky remain, all believed to be in family hands. Eadie’s brewing interests are now dormant but they remain as specialists in single cask and small batch bottlings. James Eadie whiskies include malts from Speyside, Highland and Islay.

In 2010 Planning Solutions were approached by local action group made up of business, education and political representatives and the site owners Molson Coors. Their objective was to re-open the Molson Coors Visitor Centre (formerly the Bass Museum) that had been closed in 2008. Planning Solutions invested heavily in improving the catering facilities, refreshing the Museum presentation. The site was also re-branded as The National Brewery Centre with a strong brand image and a new web site.

Established in 1985, Yee Group is an award winning, team of experts with extensive industry knowledge and experience. They undertake quality design, installation and maintenance of electrical projects, CCTV, intruder and fire alarm installation and maintenance, air conditioning installation and servicing and passive fire protection for the commercial, industrial and public sectors.


The Brewers’ Company is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London and ranks fourteenth in order of precedence. The Company received its first charter from Henry VI in 1438 when the brewers were incorporated as “The Wardens and Commonalty of the Mystery or Art of Brewers of the City of London.” Today, unlike most of the ancient Livery companies, the Brewers’ Company has remained close to its trade and only directors and senior management of member companies are admitted to the Livery.

The BBPA seeks to promote public policies that support the British beer and pub sector, and influence public opinion in the interests of its members. They are active in all political arenas, from local and regional Government to the National Parliament and European Union. The Association believes the economic and social importance of the sector is such that it should always be considered in the creation of good policy.

The BFBi is the only international trade association representing the entire value chain supplying the food & drink industry worldwide, from seed merchants, barley growers, maltsters, hop merchants, suppliers of raw materials through to production and packaging machinery manufacturers and suppliers and dispense/point of sale suppliers, manufacturers and installers.

The Brewery History Society was founded in 1972 to promote research into all aspects of the brewing industry, to encourage the interchange of information about breweries and brewing, and to collect photographic and other archive information about brewery history.

Other Supporters

The team play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Burton Albion competed in the non-League of English football from their formation in 1950 until 2009, when they were promoted to the Football League. They also operate the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT), an award winning organisation. BACT deliver programmes across five main themes: Participation, Social Inclusion, Disability, Education and Health. Having such a variety of themed programmes enable BACT to be an influential partner in all aspects of the local community and also allow them to have a wider impact both regionally and nationally.

The Golden Bottle Trust (GBT) was established by the Partners of C Hoare & Co private bankers in 1985 to donate money to a wide range of causes, including: Arts, Education, Health, Environmental sustainability and Social investment. Each year, the Partners give a portion of the bank’s profits to the Golden Bottle Trust, both to support charities in that year and to create a reserve to support future giving. The trustees have agreed that up to 25% of the fund should be made in social investments.

The National Brewery Centre’s (and the Trust) local authority. and over a number of years, East Staffordshire Borough Council has operated a Grant Aid scheme which has been made available to voluntary and community organisations who have provided services to the residents of East Staffordshire.

Established in 2003, the team of expert lawyers that bring more than 100 years of combined legal experience to the company that has an extensive number of departments that provide services to businesses, including; Commercial Property, Construction & Engineering, Corporate & Commercial, Debt Recovery, Dispute Resolution, HR Advice, Insolvency & Business Recovery, Intellectual Property, and Mediation.

Salloway Property Consultants are recognised as a leading commercial property agency in the East Midlands providing solutions in all aspects of commercial and industrial property agency including disposals, acquisitions, investments, land and development. Offering dedicated professional services in valuation, lease negotiations, compensation and property audit.