On Friday 8 February Wiltshire FSB members met at Wadworth’s in Devizes for a tour of the Victorian tower brewery, built in 1885.
The group enjoyed finding out more about the history of one of the town’s iconic landmarks and learning how the business has developed over the years.
The state of the art new facility which was constructed more recently in the listed building took two years to complete as the roof had to be dismantled and then replaced in exactly the same way to comply with the building’s heritage status.
They visited the sign painting workshop. Wadworth pubs all have hand-painted signs produced on the premises using real gold leaf for the wording. With over 200 pubs and only 2 artists this is a big job! The group then visited the two shire horses, who still deliver beer around the town on a daily basis. The tour finished with a tasting of Wadworth’s ales, all produced on the premises.
After the tour the group walked to The Crown, a Wadworth pub, for lunch and a question and answer session with Claire Perry MP. This was a wide-ranging discussion covering topics as diverse as post-Brexit tariffs, electric vehicle charging points in lamp posts and hydrogen powered batteries.
This was followed by a briefing by John Ward, from The Department of International Trade, where he explained to members support available to help them to expand into new markets.
Despite this busy programme there was still time for local businesses to make new contacts and to catch up with old ones over lunch. Not a bad way to end the week!