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26th November 2014

Saltaire Brewery announces new blood at the top!

After nearly ten years of building Saltaire Brewery into a leading regional microbrewery Tony Gartland, founder and Managing Director, is stepping back and has appointed Ewen Gordon as the new MD from 1 December.  Ewen joined the brewery four years ago within sales and more recently moved into the role of Sales Director.

Tony, a former Leeds solicitor, started Saltaire Brewery with Derek Todd who he met at Sunderland University’s Brewlab in 2004.  Derek remains as Director of Brewing and will work with Ewen to deliver the company’s ambitious growth plans for 2015.

“The past ten years have been a combination of hard work combined with amazing experiences.  From Derek and me brewing the first Saltaire pint to planning a brewing facility capable of four million pints a year, it has been a fantastic journey,” said Tony. “It seems strange to be stepping back at such an exciting time for the business, but we have always been in a state of rapid growth and I know the day-to-day running of the company is in very capable hands. The team at Saltaire are very proud of what they have achieved to date and I will make sure they are well set for the next phase of the Saltaire Brewery story!”

Tony remains the owner of the business and will continue to oversee its strategic direction, as well as being involved in future product development.

The company recently obtained planning permission for a new milling and packaging hall at its brewery in Shipley, Bradford which will allow an increase in production from 720 to 1100 casks per week.

Ewen Gordon said, “It is a big challenge for me to become MD of a business that means so much to so many people.  We have a really loyal customer base who expect nothing but the best from Saltaire beers and that is what we always aim to deliver. Our investment in the new facilities means we will be able to develop our range of beers, and ultimately make more beer, to make more people happy!”

Wendy Carthew
Tel: 01274 594959

Notes to Editors:

Saltaire Brewery is in Shipley, West Yorkshire and has brewed hand crafted ales since 2005. With over 100 trade awards, including three national championship brews and three international gold medals, our beers are recognised across Yorkshire and beyond.

Saltaire Brewery employs more than 20 people, has annual sales in excess of £2m and operates across the north of England.  Its brands are represented in all the major supermarkets and its beers are sold to over 600 pubs in the north of England.

Its bestselling Saltaire Blonde comprises 50% of production and in bottled format is listed nationally in Waitrose and can be found in every Morrisons north of Birmingham.


Attached – jpeg of L to R: Tony Gartland, Ewen Gordon and Derek Todd.