Karren Brady awards Hornchurch brewer tackling cancer with beer
PUBLISHED: 14:57 18 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:57 18 September 2014
The Apprentice's Karren Brady CBE has stepped out of Alan Sugar's boardroom to hand a prestigious award to a group tackling prostate cancer by brewing beer.
Stephen Cross, of Appleton Way, Hornchurch, accepted the £2,000 prize together with six pals who started the Two Fingers Brewing Co.
The 30-year-old said he was “over the moon” to win the Contribution To The Community prize at the Nectar Small Business Awards 2014 and that they would reinvest the money to develop a new beer.
Brady, who is vice-chairman of West Ham United and is set to join the House of Lords, said: “Two Fingers Brewing Co is a shining example of what this category stands for and a great business to inspire others to do something similar, to grow and to be a success – especially in the current economic market.”
The brewers won the prize earlier this month after launching their company, which donates all profits to Prostate Cancer UK, in 2012.
The public selected the brewers to pick up the award by voting on shopping points company Nectar’s Facebook page.
Matt Sadler, co-founder of the Two Fingers Brewing Co, said that they would also use the money to start exporting their drinks “so people around the world can help mankind, just by drinking beer”.
The group also won 50,000 of Nectar points.
Nectar’s managing director Will Shuckburgh said: “We are delighted to present the award to Two Fingers Brewing Co.
“Myself and the whole judging panel were hugely impressed that this successful business was centred around charity.
“Our Facebook fans clearly felt the same by voting for this business in their droves.”