Briggs of Burton gives back to the local community with a new annual fund

Briggs of Burton started its Briggs Community and Sponsorship fund last year during lockdown to help charities and local organisations, deliver much needed support in the local community. 

Since then, the company which has its newly opened Global Technical Centre in the town, has supported a wide range of clubs and causes from children’s sports clubs, and engineering talks in schools to veteran charities and mental health. 

Following recent successes, the scheme is now being extended into an annual fund where staff members can identify worthy causes to donate time or money to, in the local area. 

Robert Buxton, Managing Director at Briggs of Burton, said: “Briggs has a long history in the town, with connections to the brewing industry and heritage going back over 285 years. 

“The Community and Sponsorship Fund is our way of helping to give back to charities and clubs within our community. 

“We have been really pleased by the support shown by staff who have identified clubs in their community who could benefit from support and are excited to continue the initiative going forward. 

“It is great to lead a business with so many individuals with a giving spirit.” 

Organisations that have already benefited since the fund started include Burton’s under 15’s Rugby Club which received £500 sponsorship towards new kit and equipment to help the youngsters continue their training as well as Woodville Rangers FC. 

Mark Barrett, Treasurer for Woodville Rangers FC said the funding had been vital in helping the club support the young team. 

He said: “Briggs’ sponsorship of the team jackets for the U16’s Team has been a great benefit to the club.  The pandemic has brought new challenges, and equipment, kits and general running costs have definitely increased over the last 18 months.  These funds are vital in helping us support our young team and help encourage youngsters to take part in sport. The support is more important than ever in helping with the club’s future.” 

Edward Gould, legal and contracts adviser at Briggs, was able to support The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal through the Briggs Community and Sponsorship Fund, said: “I volunteer with The Royal British Legion and know that the support Briggs was able to offer for the Poppy Appeal has made a big difference to the Armed Forces community in lots of different ways, including providing financial advice, housing, and mental health. 

Briggs history can be traced back over 285 years, specialising in brewing equipment and engineering and is known worldwide for its turnkey brewing and distilling capabilities. Started by Samuel Briggs in 1865, Briggs later acquired Thornewill & Warham, established in Burton in 1732. 

Today the company, which employs over 200 staff across five sites including Burton on Trent,Prestonpans, Scotland, Rochester, New York State, Louisville, Kentucky, and Shanghai, provides turnkey process engineering solutions for leading companies across the world covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, Japan, and China. 

Their innovative and sustainable approach means that Briggs of Burton PLC are leading the way in nurturing the engineers and technical capabilities to drive efficiencies and environmental improvements across all sectors of manufacturing.