Panther Brewery shortlisted for prestigious Rural Business Award 

We have been shortlisted for the Best Rural Food or Drink Business in the East region of the UK.

For us this is exciting news as we were originally nominated by the co-founders of The Rural Business Awards – they believed that, from their research, we met the criteria for the Best Rural Food or Drink Business.

We entered the competition and it was great news to hear that we had been shortlisted.

This is important for a rural micro business such as Panther Brewery as it shows that it is possible for a small business to be recognised as a successful enterprise on a national level.  Martin James, owner and head brewer of Panther Brewery, hopes that this exposure will improve national awareness of his product range.  For a micro business this is not always possible as the marketing budget is small compared to larger businesses.  Martin is very proud of Panther Brewery’s achievements to date, in particular their innovative product launches such as Hopsta alcohol free real ale, the craft range of aluminium bottled real ale and Hunter real dry hopped lager.

Martin owes the success of the business to date to his dedicated Panther team and the support of the local community throughout the past nine years.

He is also grateful to Broadland District Council for providing advice and support with training, as well as enabling the business to take on an apprentice.  Martin has also benefitted from the help of Norfolk County Council which enabled Panther Brewery to gain an EU Rural Development Grant for funding an automated bottling line.

Panther Brewery is indebted to the local businesses with which it works, in particular Salle Farms Company and the Crisp Malting Group who have ensured that their malted barley is grown from the local fields surrounding the brewery.