Theakston expands as Black Sheep continues search for buyer

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Cameron Bell and Zak Spence have joined T&R Theakston
Cameron Bell and Zak Spence have joined T&R Theakston

A MASHAM brewery is continuing its growth story in 2023, as neighbouring Black Sheep Brewery continues its search for a buyer.

T&R Theakston has added two to its team as Cameron Bell and Zak Spence have joined the business as sales development managers, focused on key northern cities and the brewery's North Yorkshire heartland respectively.

Black Sheep Brewery was set up by Paul Theakston in 1992 after the sale of the family business, T & R Theakston Brewery, to Scottish & Newcastle.

When the Theakston Brewery was bought back by the family in 2003, the brewing dynasty was back within a few hundred metres of one each other. But Black Sheep has now hit hard times, going into administration earlier this month in the search for new investment.

At Theakston, Cameron has worked previously as the general manager of a cocktail bar in central Manchester, as well as having worked in a variety of sales and ambassador roles for both an independent gin brand and a rum company.

This experience on both sides of the bar will see Cameron work with key city centre venues to raise awareness of the brewery's range of cask and keg beers, especially amongst a younger demographic.

Zak joins the business following almost a decade with the police, working for both Northumbria Police and the North Yorkshire Police force. He takes over as the Theakston representative for the North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate and Ripon area from Barry Gibb, who recently retired.

The appointments mark the second expansion of the T&R Theakston's sales team this year, with the brewery announcing in January that it had recruited a new national account executive and sales development manager.

Joint managing director, Simon Theakston, said: "We started 2023 with the announcement of growth within our team and, following a busy first quarter, we're pleased to be further expanding as we look to deliver on our growth ambitions for this year and beyond.

"It's wonderful to welcome both Cameron and Zak to our T&R Theakston family at such an exciting time for the business, as we prepare to launch more seasonal beers, announce new partnerships and continue to look toward to our bicentennial celebrations in 2027."

Zak added: "As a proud North Yorkshireman, I'm delighted to be working for such a well-known business, which combines a strong heritage with exciting future focused plans."

Cameron said: "I'm looking forward to be working for Theakston and helping to drive forward its growth plans. There are plenty of exciting developments in the pipeline this year, which provide the perfect opportunity to increase awareness and availability of the brewery's beer range across Northern cities and introduce our products to new consumers."