I was thrilled to visit Tempest Brewing Co in Tweedbank this year for Small Business Saturday on the events 5th year running. Small Business Saturday is a national campaign setup by the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) to support small businesses all over the UK. Tempest are not only a great Scottish Borders Start-up success story but an accredited living wage employer. The Tempest team are looking forward to the next stage in their brewing adventure as part of the proposed Tweedbank industrial complex regeneration. Their vision is to have their own purpose built Brewery building on the doorstep of Tweedbank Borders Rail Station.
I was so pleased to meet Annika and her husband Gavin who co-founded the Brewery which started from scratch using second hand equipment and has went to become the success they are today. Please check out their Website here: tempestbrewco.com
Annika explained to me how they are selling their brilliant multi award winning beers all over the UK and the World while supporting their 12 colleagues with the living wage. I wish Tempest all the very best in their future plans and thoroughly recommend you check them out.
While discussing the living wage Annika said “We are very proud of our living wage status, our staff are the core of what we do and their quality and enjoyment of life is important to us as is having a profitable and successful business in our view the two go hand in hand, we found the process of becoming accredited very simple and think that it not only ensures our staff have the pay they deserve but sends out the right message about the kind of business we are”.
Please remember, wherever and whatever you are shopping for this Christmas, shop locally where you can.