Scotch Whisky industry – supporting jobs and investment
26 Oct 2015
A strong Scotch Whisky industry helps create jobs and investment
in Stoke was the message delivered to local MP Tristram Hunt when
he visited the city's Wade Ceramics with the Scotch Whisky
Wade Ceramics employs 160 people at its factory in Stoke producing
high-quality pottery bottles for Scotch Whisky brands including
Johnnie Walker, The Famous Grouse and Chivas Royal Salute.
The popularity of Scotch helps showcase Stoke-on-Trent's pottery
around the world.
Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt said: "It was a great
honour to be invited to meet with Wade Ceramics and members of the
Scotch Whisky Association to discuss the ongoing success this
partnership is having globally.
"Wade Ceramics plays a vital role in getting Scotch whisky to
markets in South East Asia which expect high quality Scotch to come
in high quality packaging. It is yet another example of
Stoke-on-Trent's ceramics industry going from strength to
"The jobs supported in the Potteries by this partnership are
replicated across the UK, with thousands of working families
benefiting from the jobs and economic growth that come with a
strong, successful Scotch whisky industry."
Paul Farmer, managing director of Wade Ceramics, said: "For over
30 years, Wade Ceramics has worked closely with the Scotch Whisky
industry. It is a partnership which joins two iconic British
products and the pottery bottles we produce in Stoke help Scotch
stand out in a competitive market place.
"Scotch Whisky brands are always looking for ways to innovate. The
partnership with Wade Ceramics looks set to continue for years to
Graeme Littlejohn, head of external affairs at the Scotch Whisky
Association, said: "By law, Scotch whisky has to be made in
Scotland, but the ripple effect of a product that is known, admired
and enjoyed around the world brings benefits to the whole of the
"Three quarters of the 40,000 jobs supported by the Scotch Whisky
industry across the UK are in the supply chain. The success of
Scotch, which starts in the distilleries of Scotland, could not
happen without the support and expertise of companies such as
"The industry adds £5 billion to the UK economy each year and 90%
of the Scotch Whisky industry's operating expenditure is within the
UK. When the industry thrives, jobs and investment in areas like
Stoke also thrive. Scotch Whisky is a great British export thanks
to companies such Wade Ceramics."
With media enquiries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head
of communications on 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email