Briggs of Burton welcome ISPE members to the Global Technical Centre 

On Friday the 1st of September, Briggs of Burton hosted the central committee meeting at the Global Technical Center for members of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). 

ISPE is the global industry leader in connecting pharmaceutical knowledge to deliver manufacturing and supply chain innovation, operational excellence and regulatory insights to enhance industry efforts to develop, manufacture and reliably deliver quality medicines to patients. 

Briggs of Burton have recognised the ISPE as a key enabler to access a network of contacts to grow our pharmaceutical market share. There are currently several people of the Briggs team who serve on the committee and hold memberships with ISPE. 

The meeting at the Global Technical Center (GTC) was organised by Sonia Ganatra, an ISPE committee member and part of the Briggs Marketing Team. Sonia’s interests lie in both pharma and marketing, and her role within the committee is to facilitate their marketing and outreach. Briggs will benefit from this by raising awareness to the ISPE community of our pharmaceutical capabilities and the new Pharmaceutical Systems Assembly (PSA), highlighting us a potential venue for future ISPE events. 

Max Flannery, ran the meeting on behalf of Briggs, and has now joined the ISPE central region committee: “As the recently appointed Pharma Sales Lead at Briggs of Burton, I’m delighted to join the ISPE as a committee member. This collaboration offers us a valuable platform for connecting with industry peers, customers, and suppliers. Being part of the central committee is a significant opportunity for us to gain insights and proudly represent Briggs as dedicated Pharma Ambassadors within the ISPE community.”

We look forward to hosting the UK ISPE in early 2024 for a tour of the new PSAfacility.

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Briggs of Burton is opening its doors for National Manufacturing Day

To celebrate National Manufacturing Day (NMD) on the 28th of September, Briggs of Burton will welcome 20students from John Taylor High School in Burton at the Global Technical Center for a variety of ScienceTechnology Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.

NMD is a chance for UK manufacturers show their local community, schools and colleges behind the scenesaccess to a sector of global importance that plays a pivotal role in the economic life of local communities acrossthe UK. The day itself will be a national celebration of UK manufacturing and a chance to raise the profile of thesector. 

NMD will demonstrate the value of jobs and in particular apprenticeships in our sector to showcase manufacturing as a future career. 

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Briggs of Burton pick up prestigious International Trade nomination

The Manufacturer, an industry publication providing manufacturing news, has today released the nominees for the MX awards. 

In partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the MXawards celebrate manufacturing excellence.

We’re excited to announce that Briggs of Burton has been nominated in the International Trade category! The award application highlights our continued global growth, entry into new markets and delivering large Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects for many of the biggest breweries, distilleries, food and pharmaceutical companies. 

This nomination is a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment toexcellence, innovation, and global collaboration.

Congratulations once again to the entire team! Thank you for your hard work and dedication which continues to help us be recognised by major institutions.

Read the official press release here

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Congratulations to Michael Oates on achieving chartered status

Michael Oates’ journey at Briggs started just over five years ago, and his recent attainment of chartered status from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) marks a significant milestone in his career. Progressing from his initial role as Graduate Process Engineer, Michael has become an integral part of the team. Overseeing projects from design to commissioning across a spectrum of our industries including brewing, distilling, and pharmaceuticals. 

IChemE, a well-known professional institution, has a profound impact on the field of chemical engineering and its members. It serves as a guiding force, not only recognizing excellence through chartered status but also offering comprehensive training and support. 

Attaining chartered status involves a three-step process: 

The first step entails building a strong educational foundation.

The second phase is Initial Professional Development (IPD), with Briggs being part of the Accredited Company Training Scheme (ACTS), Michael was able to successfully complete an ACTS, and was able to complete the IPD stage. 

The final stage is the Professional Review: where qualified assessors,themselves chartered members of IChemE, evaluated his competency and commitment. 

Michael’s proudest achievements while working at Briggs include the ShanghaiBacchus project, which was a two-year commitment, from detailed design tocommissioning, or how Michael put it “the whole shebang.” Overcomingchallenges like working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic in China, hereviewed complex software documentation and crafted exhaustivecommissioning documents, Michael was key in ensuring the project’s success. 

Michael’s aspirations remain centred on continual growth and learning. He envisions sharpening his engineering skills and making meaningful contributions to his field. 

Michael would like to thank his mentor, Mark Phillips – Technical ProcessManager. As the scheme manager, Mark has played a pivotal role in Michael’ssuccess, offering unwavering support and guidance throughout. 

Mark had this to say about Michael’s achievement: 

“Huge congratulations to Michael on this fantastic achievement. Our relationshipwith the IChemE is hugely important to support our valued team, to get charteredand become well rounded chemical engineers. It is also great to see Briggsreceive a 4-year re-accreditation from the IChemE, further supporting our effortsin recruiting the next generation of engineers; like Michael, who is the firstengineer to gain chartership via completing the ACTS.” 

Well done Michael from everyone at Briggs! 

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Briggs pick up 6th consecutive gold from the RoSPA

We’re overjoyed to announce that Briggs has secured the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)Gold Award for a 6th consecutive year, demonstrating our strong continuous commitment to the safety of our employees.

RoSPA recognized the company’s exceptional efforts in maintaining the highest safety standards in 2022.

John Blundell, Head of HSE, had this to say about the sixth consecutive win:

“This award would not have been possible without the great work of everyone across Briggs with their positive attitude and commitment towards Health and Safety. The H&S team: Alexis Griffin, Jose Laguna, Rob Goodhand and Hugh Graham would like to thank everyone for their efforts over the last 12 months and look forward to the continued support moving forward.”

At Briggs, your safety will always be a number one priority. Which is reflected in our corporate values, “Thesafety of our employees, clients and public is paramount. We want all employees to go home as they arrived atwork every day. We ensure that safety for all is inherent through design, construction, and long-term operation”.

Huge congrats the team!

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to our team, customer and suppliers across the pond 🎉

Did you know we recently celebrated our 40th anniversary in North America? We can deliver turnkey projects for the brewing, distilling, food and pharmaceutical industries.
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About Briggs of Burton

If you have eaten or drunk it there is a chance that Briggs of Burton has helped to produce it.

Briggs are the engineers behind supplying the equipment, engineering and automation to the world’s largest food, alcoholic beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers

Today Briggs employs over 300 colleagues across six sites in the UK, Scotland, USA, Mexico, China, and Australia. The team deliver turnkey engineering projects for leading household brands covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Briggs’ benefits from a global network of stainless-steel manufacturing facilities, including their own located in Burton on Trent and Prestonpans, Scotland.

Briggs are actively developing sustainable engineering solutions, focusing on their customer’s requirements towards carbon neutrality. 

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Double win for McMillan Coppersmiths

It was a double win for McMillan Coppersmiths and Fabricators last night at the Made in Scotland Awards. Held at the Glasgow Science Centre, McMillan were singled out against several leading manufacturers across the country for;

Manufacturer of the Year – The team were applauded for their efforts in continuing to handcraft traditional Scottish copper distillation equipment for the world’s biggest distilled spirits producers whilst inspiring the next generation of coppersmiths to adopt the craft. With increased revenue, larger projects and investment into its facilities, McMillan’s has gone from strength to strength.

McMillan Coppersmiths have been part of global engineering firm, Briggs of Burton, since 2020.

George Crombie, Engineering Director at Briggs of Burton, said:

“This award recognises the outstanding work and commitment of our team who continue to go above and beyond, we couldn’t be prouder. McMillan’s team of coppersmiths, apprentices and engineers have been influential in designing and manufacturing copper distillation equipment to produce Scotch whisky, Tequila, Gin, and a range of global whiskies. They are continuing a highly specialised craft which is at the heart of the distilled spirits industry and the company is one of the oldest coppersmiths in the world, having been founded in 1867. These awards celebrate the success of the team who always strive to deliver what they promise.”

Jakub Spiewak, Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year – Jakub was recognised for being instrumental in building copper distillation equipment for major distillery expansion projects in Scotland and beyond. He has also been involved in producing copper distillation equipment for breweries looking to grow into the Distilled Spirits market whilst supporting the business at various careers fairs to promote their apprenticeship scheme.

Jakub Spiewak, craft apprentice at McMillan Coppersmiths, said:

“The knowledge and experience I have gained from the team since starting my apprenticeship has enabled me to progress to where I am today. My goal is to progress into more senior roles at McMillan and pass down the skills and knowledge I have gained to the next generation of apprentices here. I have had the opportunity to travel throughout Scotland installing and modifying our equipment and look forward to experiencing other aspects of engineering, management and operations before completing my craft apprenticeship next year.”

About McMillan Coppersmiths and Fabricators

McMillan Coppersmiths and Fabricators based in Prestonpans; Edinburgh are a traditional Scottish based copper distillation equipment manufacturer. McMillan and its predecessor Archibald McMillan & Co Ltd have been a significant force in the domestic and worldwide supply of copper distilling equipment since the company was originally founded in 1867. McMillan have standard copper pot still designs for most spirit types and have the capability to design bespoke stills, columns, and distillation systems. Part of Briggs of Burton Group since 2020, McMillan have played a key role in supporting the group deliver large scale Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects for the global distilled spirits industry. Most recently McMillan’s team of thirty
coppersmiths, apprentices and engineers have been influential in designing and manufacturing copper distillation equipment to produce Scotch whisky, Tequila, Gin, and a range of global whiskies.

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Briggs give back to the YMCA food bank

During the month of April, we gave back to the YMCA Food Bank charity in Burton on Trent. Following a Briggs Community Sponsorship & Support Fund application, our team collected much needed monetary and food donations from across the business.

  • Members of our team brought in food donations from local supermarkets containing many long life food and drink items.
  • We raised £150 from our Easter Raffle which went towards a food shop from Tesco.
  • We presented a cheque of £300 towards the YMCA’s ongoing food purchase costs.

The YMCA advised in October 2021 they were giving out 5 food parcels a day, at present they are now giving out 20. All of our kind donations and support will go towards ensuring families across Burton have access to food and drinks throughout the week. Paula Senior, Fundraising & Partnerships Manager at the YMCA said;

I would like to say a massive thank you for your kind recent food donations as well as £300 to support our food bank. We truly cannot do what we do without the support of others and this donation will have an impact on the individuals and families that we support as well as the services that we provide to the local community. On behalf of everyone at YMCA Burton, thank you very much for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

About Briggs of Burton

If you have eaten or drunk it there is a chance that Briggs of Burton has helped to produce it.

Briggs are the engineers behind supplying the equipment, engineering and automation to the world’s largest food, alcoholic beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers

Today Briggs employs over 300 colleagues across six sites in the UK, Scotland, USA, Mexico, China, and Australia. The team deliver turnkey engineering projects for leading household brands covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Briggs’ benefits from a global network of stainless-steel manufacturing facilities, including their own located in Burton on Trent and Prestonpans, Scotland.

Briggs are actively developing sustainable engineering solutions, focusing on their customer’s requirements towards carbon neutrality. 

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Diamond Sponsors at WDSC 2023

Briggs of Burton (Briggs) are excited to be Diamond Sponsors at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference (WDSC) in Edinburgh and look forward to hosting global delegates at the Briggs Social Evening on Wednesday 10th May. Our team of engineers will be delivering presentations and workshops throughout the week, sharing their knowledge on core distilling technologies which can benefit your new and existing distillery operations.

We will be presenting the following talks :

  • Design, Development & Implementation of Brewstilleries
  • Water Usage & High Gravity Mashing
  • Electrifying Your Spirit Production

We have been providing engineering solutions for nearly 300 years and offer an unrivalled level of customer service and support. Our engineering approach is flexible, and our team can meet you at your facility to understand your needs and requirements, locally and quickly through our dedicated sales and engineering hubs. From technical consultancy to turnkey projects, new builds, and retrofits, we can help you at every stage of your distilling project.

As a global company with a strong reputation in the distilled spirits industry we are passionate about always offering safe, efficient, and sustainable distilleries. Scotland is a key market for Briggs, and we are pleased to share that we have opened a new office in Forres to further support our existing and new customers in Speyside. We are recognised as a trusted project partner globally by our
customers who value our ethos of being a safe, honest, and flexible engineering company who deliver what they promise.

About Briggs of Burton

If you have eaten or drunk it there is a chance that Briggs of Burton has helped to produce it.

Briggs are the engineers behind supplying the equipment, engineering and automation to the world’s largest food, alcoholic beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers

Today Briggs employs over 300 colleagues across six sites in the UK, Scotland, USA, Mexico, China, and Australia. The team deliver turnkey engineering projects for leading household brands covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Briggs’ benefits from a global network of stainless-steel manufacturing facilities, including their own located in Burton on Trent and Prestonpans, Scotland.

Briggs are actively developing sustainable engineering solutions, focusing on their customer’s requirements towards carbon neutrality. 

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