Craft beer club in Edinburgh wins prestigious business award

Cllr Gavin Barrie, Economy Convener, comments on a prestigious business award in a press release issued by Capital City Partnership.

The Craft Beer Club, ‘Beer 52’, based in Edinburgh’s New Town, has won Overall Business of the Year in the Buchanan Business Awards for its innovation, growth acceleration, excellent turnover and rapidly growing loyal customer base.

Beer 52 is a Craft Beer discovery club who send their ever expanding customer base a handpicked case of beer each month in return for a subscription. Each month’s selection is different and every beer is unique. Beer 52 say that they are committed to ‘Revolutionising Beer Buying Online’ and already has over 15,000 loyal customers.

Beer 52 was launched in September 2013 by James Brown and Fraser Doherty. James came up with the idea following a trip from Scotland to Portugal on his Dad’s Harley Davidson motorbike when he visited lots of Microbreweries on his journey, sampling numerous different beers and wanted to share his experience of these beers with the world. He then met up with Fraser Doherty (founder of SuperJam - sold in Waitrose and now worldwide) who invested in the company and Beer 52 was born.

The Buchanan Business Awards for Micro Businesses (under 10 employees) announced the finalists and winners at an event on Thursday evening, 22 September 2016.

The Event was organised by Capital City Partnership and the Business Gateway as part of Edinburgh’s ‘Joined Up for Business’ Partnership. It was hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland at their Conference Centre at Gogarburn HQ.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Chair of the Capital City Partnership Board and Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council's Economy Committee, said: “It is very encouraging to hear about the great business ideas and dedication to growth that is in the Micro Business sector in Edinburgh.

"The Buchanan Business Awards provides an excellent platform for Micro businesses to display their innovative ideas and get the opportunity to be acknowledged for their great efforts.”

As the Buchanan Business Award venue host and sponsor, Royal Bank of Scotland’s spokesperson, Tony Green Director of Business Banking Edinburgh said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to once again support the Buchanan Business Awards.

"These awards celebrate the skills, innovation and ingenuity of businesses and individuals who call Scotland’s capital city their home. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are the lifeblood of the country’s economy, and in the year that we opened our Entrepreneurial Centre here at Gogarburn, it is an honour to host this competition here. We wish every finalist the greatest success.”

The Finalists for the Buchanan Business Awards 2016 are listed below:

Overall Business of the Year Award – sponsored by the Capital City Partnership:

Winner - Beer 52 – a growing Craft Beer Club

Growth Award- Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

Winner – Beer 52

Runner-Up – Araminta Campbell

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by Fort Kinnaird

Winner – Tipple Box

Runner-Up –Neon Magpie

Social Enterprise - Sponsored by Multiplex Ltd

Winner – Edinburgh Tool Library

Runner-Up – MY Adventure

Start-up Business of the Year - Sponsored by Business Gateway

Winner – Plant & Grow

Runner-Up – Tribe Yoga

Employer of the Year Award- Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

Winner – Tribe Yoga

Runner-Up – Maison de Moggy

Further information 

The Buchanan Business Awards were established to celebrate the legacy of Councillor Tom Buchanan, one of Edinburgh’s well-loved sons.

Cllr Tom Buchanan was the Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council's Economy Committee and was Chair of the Capital City Partnership Board who have established these Awards as a fitting tribute to the significant contribution that Tom made to the City as a key and passionate driver in shaping and developing the Council’s Economic and Jobs Strategy over many years. He also supported and promoted the critical role that micro businesses have as a key contributor to the City’s economy.

The Capital City Partnership is Edinburgh’s Employability Partnership

Joined Up for Business brings together the free recruitment, business and workforce development services from a range of Agencies who seek to grow employment opportunities by making it easier to do business in Edinburgh. The key agencies include: Business Gateway, City of Edinburgh Council, Capital City Partnership, Department of Work & Pensions, Skills Development Scotland, Edinburgh College, NHS Lothian and includes Edinburgh’s Joined Up for Jobs organisations.






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