With the successful launch of The Salford Rum Company, Salford-based duo, Tommy Gaughan and James Harrison, have become members of Greater Manchester to support their continued growth.
Since launching the business only six months ago, the Manchester and Salford community has well and truly embraced this local start-up with multiple sell out days at local makers markets and through social media and multiple business and retail accounts including The Lowry Hotel, Selfridges Manchester Exchange and Selfridges Intu Trafford Centre.
Commenting on their new membership, Tommy and James said: "We're in great company and are looking forwards to getting to know other members, sharing ideas and experiences and creating opportunities what can help support mutual growth within Greater Manchester.
"The feedback from Chamber members about the benefits of their investment with the Chamber is brilliant and we are excited about we can achieve through our membership this year."
Speaking about the success of Salford Rum to date, Tommy commented: "Salfordians and Mancunians alike have really embraced Salford Rum. The brand is steeped in local history and so many people have bought it because of personal links back to the city, and a love for good rum of course! We've got regular online, offline and business and retail accounts set up within the region we're hoping to expand those with the support of the during early 2019."
Challenging the gin saturated spirits market whilst proudly recognising the heritage and history of their hometown, Salford Rum takes inspiration from the Caribbean rum and spice imports received into Salford Docks during the 18 and 1900's, and is a tribute to the dock-workers who were the beating heart of the city during the era. The bottle design is hand drawn by local and well-known artist and fellow Chamber member Dave Draws. In his own inimitable style, Dave has re-imagined Salford Docks for the brand, including a few local landmarks and the instantly recognisable docks 6,7, 8 and 9. The carefully selected packaging, a ceramic push top bottle, is another nod back this industrious historical period.
Column distilled and produced in batches of 200, the rum is golden in colour and expertly infused with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and dried fruits. It is smooth and delicious served simply over ice, and mixes well with ginger beer and coke.