Robinsons Brewery win Family Business of the Year award
PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:02 25 November 2013
The Robinson family has been slaking thirsts for 175 years - a record which has won the Stockport brewers yet another top award
You could say that beer is in the blood for the Robinson family. What started with one pub and one enterprising Robinson is now, 175 years later, a multi-million pound brewing empire with over 340 pubs across the North West, still run by the Robinsons.
That staying power was lauded when Robinsons received the title of Family Business of the Year in the EN Business Awards at The Mere Hotel, Knutsford. The award came hot on the heels of Robinsons being declared Beer Champion 2013 at the British Beer and Pub Association Awards in London. The family firm is principal sponsor of our own Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards.
The beer dynasty began on September 29 1838 when William Robinson bought the Unicorn pub, Lower Hillgate, Stockport, of which he had been landlord for 12 years.
The family began to brew their own ale, bought a warehouse behind the Unicorn and, by the 1860s, Robinsons beer was being supped at many pubs in Stockport. To be sure that that ale was kept and served in the best of conditions, the Robinsons then began acquiring pubs.
The empire grew as it passed from one generation to the next. In just the past 12 months Robinsons has rebuilt the Victorian brew house, launched a new beer and food matching concept with chef Simon Rimmer, and enjoyed huge success at home and abroad with Trooper, a beer created with Iron Maiden’s lead singer and real ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson.
‘We are delighted to win this award – the timing couldn’t be more perfect for us,’ says William Robinson, managing director (Pubs Division) of Robinsons Brewery and member of the sixth generation to run the company. ‘This award is testament to the dedication of each and every tenant, employee and family member here at Robinsons.’
TV weather presenter Sian Lloyd hosted proceedings and Michael Portillo, former MP turned political broadcaster, provided the after-dinner entertainment.