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Charles Dent

After qualifying as a chartered surveyor Charlie worked for Savills in London and then opened their office in York in 1980. In 1992 he joined Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd, his wife’s family business becoming MD in 1995. At that time Timothy Taylor’s turnover was £6.5m and its most famous brand Landlord was sold principally to free trade pubs and clubs close to the brewery in Keighley and through their own small chain of pubs. As the public’s enthusiasm for real ales grew, Landlord grew in popularity and is now sold nationwide. In addition Timothy Taylor developed new beers to meet evolving tastes as well as rebranding Best Bitter Boltmaker. It was then listed by Tesco’s and won Camra’s Champion Beer of Britain 2014 to add to the many awards Landlord and other Timothy Taylor beers have won. Brewing top quality beers are the hallmark of Timothy Taylor. Sales now exceed £20m pa. Over the last five years the company has spent over £12m on, amongst other things, a new office, transport depot, new hop store, new fermenters, new barrel handling, cleaning and filling line and a new effluent plant and a new boiler with all major items bought from Yorkshire suppliers. Charlie stood down as MD in early 2015 and is now Chairman.

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