NOT many people will share a pint with the Prime Minister but a pair of brewing brothers from Lower Brailes did just that when their company was invited to Number 10 Downing Street.
Tom and Ed Coyte of Whale Ale met Prime Minister David Cameron who pulled a pint of their beer, sampled it and gave the thumbs-up at a special reception held to boost new British businesses.
Ed Coyte said “We were delighted to meet the Prime Minister, along with a number of other high profile individuals such as entrepreneurs James Caan and Levi Roots who are heavily involved with new business initiatives.”
Tom and Ed are the youngest brewery owners in the UK and already selling thousands of pints each week. The brothers secured funding through The Prince’s Trust Charity, The Start-up Loans Company and the New Enterprise Allowance, all of which are schemes aimed at supporting new British businesses.
The Prime Minister announced last Thursday the government was going to invest a further £69m into the government led schemes.
Whale Ale Limited was one of ten companies chosen from thousands of businesses currently supported by the schemes to showcase the success of their work to date.
Tom Coyte said “We believe these schemes are the right strategy in terms of creating growth and employment for small business and the wider UK economy as we continue on the path to recovery.
“We were very proud to see our beer enjoyed by the Prime Minister especially since we understand he is a fan of British real ale. The reception was held upstairs in a state room and the Prime Minister was keen to pour his own beer and have a taste.”
Ed Coyte added: “We found it surreal to park our van outside the front door of Number 10 for most of the day! We also had to be quite careful carrying casks of beer up the main staircase and into the state rooms.
“Mr Cameron really enjoyed our beers which were then sampled by a crowd of ministers, senior civil servants, Lords and entrepreneurs once the Prime Minister had departed!”
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