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 Association.
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 strength.
"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 come."
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 UK.
"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 Wade.
"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