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Calls for Dudley Council to support more Black Country goods

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | News | Published:

Calls have been made for Dudley Council to support more goods from the Black Country.

Councillor Casey and Aston

Upper Gornal councillors Kieran Casey and Adam Aston have called on the council to use products made by companies in the region, including beer.

Councillor Casey submitted a motion to Dudley Council's full meeting on Monday, calling for a change to the council's procurement policy to favour goods and services produced and supplied locally.

Supporting the motion, councillor Aston produced a bottle of Holden's Beer, which is produced in Woodsetton, as an example of how the local authority could help support local business.

Councillor Aston said: "None of the beers available in council halls, such as Dudley Town Hall, have been brewed locally, with some having been brewed as far away as The Netherlands and the USA.

"Yet not two miles away from the town hall there are two award winning breweries in the ward I represent, Fownes Brewery based at The Jolly Crispin in Upper Gornal and the much larger Holden's Brewery in Woodsetton."

Councillor Casey added: "Holden's is an excellent example of a community focused company, their recent limited edition 'Abraham Darby First Molton Glow' was brewed in honour of the father of the Industrial Revolution who was born locally.

"We are extremely proud of local breweries right across the borough so should see companies like this being supported by the council's procurement policy and buying power."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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