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10th July 2013

Yorkshire farm based micro brewery wins national award for Innovation

The team at a Yorkshire coast microbrewery is celebrating after winning a prestigious national award.

Bridlington business Wold Top Brewery was the winner of the Red Ribbon Award for ‘Innovation’ at a gala awards ceremony in London on 5thJuly.

Over 200 people joined Kate and Alex Balchin from Wold Top Brewery at the Lancaster Hotel London to celebrate the achievements of the finest family businesses around the country at the event that was hosted by Family Business Place.

Anita Brightley-Hodges, MD of Family Business Place said, “Wold Top Brewery were chosen as winners because of their clever thinking in raising the profile of their local area in order to attract new customers, because of their efficient operational procedures and because of their innovative thinking in harnessing natural energies to power their business. We are delighted to present Wold Top Brewery with this prestigious accolade and wish them continued success in running a fantastic family business.”

Kate Balchin was delighted to receive the award and said; “The Red Ribbon Awards are the only national awards to recognise the contribution that family businesses of all sizes make to the British economy. It’s the first time that we have entered and we are very proud that our team of 14 has won the award for Innovation and has put the Yorkshire Wolds on the family business map.”

Now in its fourth year, the annual awards ceremony was a dazzling event that brought together eminent guests from some of the UK’s biggest and most-loved family businesses including East End Foods, The Cambridge Satchel Company and The Goring Hotel.

Winner of the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award, Michel Roux Jr. treated guests to an after dinner speech about his journey following in the footsteps of the famous Roux brothers and this was followed by entertainment from the Military Wives Choir and a Charity Auction with money-can’t-buy prizes that raised almost £10,000 for Help for Heroes and Fields of Life.

Farm based Wold Top Brewery brews traditional real ale from home and Wolds grown malting barley, the finest hops and pure, chalk-filtered Wolds water. Its range of award winning ales is available through the, independent, family owned retailers, farm shops, delis, hotels, pubs and off licences nationwide.


Photo: Alex and Kate Balchin receive their award from William Axtell, Partner at Charles Russell LLP and sponsor of the Innovation Award

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Notes to editors

  1. For more information about Wold Top Brewery, please visit

  2. Family Business Place is the UK’s leading resource for family businesses. Its main aim is

to raise the profile and prestige of family-run companies through networking, PR and

events whilst also offering bespoke consultancy to ensure family businesses succeed for

the next generation. For more information, contact Contact Amalia Brightley-Hodges on 01732 220120.

  1. Wold Top Brewery was founded in 2003 out of a need to diversify from farming. For more information about the brewery, please visit . In 2003 production was 100 gallons per week with no paid staff and in 2013, production is up to 3125 gallons with a paid staff of 14.

  2. The brewery’s unique selling points include home grown barley and the farm’s own source of chalk filtered water.

  3. Wold Top Brewery’s cask and bottled ales can be found in pubs and off licences throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Please call the brewery on 01723 892222 for an up-to-date list.

  4. The range includes Wold Top Beer, Wold Gold blonde beer, Headland Red, Anglers Reward, Scarborough Fair IPA and Wold Top Against the Grain gluten free beer.