Have your­self a Skill-ful

Nottingham Post - - EG DAILY - By SI­MON WIL­SON

ARTHUR Skill, a 19-year-old Not­ting­hamian, owned a fish lorry. The year was 1919, and with the early morn­ing rounds com­pleted, Arthur found that more could be made of it car­ry­ing peo­ple to work – and so be­gan Skills Coaches, the Not­ting­ham travel com­pany that has car­ried hun­dreds of thou­sands of trav­ellers and hol­i­day-mak­ers across the UK and Europe.

Last year alone it took 12,000 peo­ple to over 200 des­ti­na­tions.

To mark its 100th an­niver­sary, and cel­e­brate its re­mark­able founder and his achieve­ments, Not­ting­ham’s Cas­tle Rock Brew­ery is mak­ing Arthur Skill, a 4.2 per­cent cof­fee stout, their first Not­ting­hamian Cel­e­bra­tion Ale of 2019.

Nigel Skill, the com­pany chair­man and Si­mon Skill, fi­nance di­rec­tor, are the founder’s grand­sons. Their sons, Tom and Ru­pert carry on in the busi­ness.

Nigel says: “My grandad was quite a char­ac­ter, and it’s a joy for all of us in the fam­ily to carry on his ideals of ser­vice and qual­ity. I couldn’t be more proud to see how far the Skills Group has grown as a lo­cal-based com­pany since my grand­fa­ther founded the busi­ness in 1919, and it’s an hon­our to still be a part of that jour­ney to­day with my brother Si­mon and our great friend, Pete Hal­lam, by our side.

“In the year Skills cel­e­brates its 100 years it’s a de­light to be able to raise a toast to Arthur, as well as our friends, fam­ily and loyal cus­tomers who we’d be noth­ing with­out.”

Lewis Townsend, who man­ages the Not­ting­hamian Cel­e­bra­tion se­ries, says: “For Arthur Skill’s stout, we’re go­ing on an in­ter­est­ing trip with an ale that in­cor­po­rates lac­tose, in the form of milk sugar, and lo­cally roasted cof­fee. The re­sult­ing beer will be cof­fee-led, with ex­tra body and depth of taste from the lac­tose and malt, and a hint of bit­ter­ness from the hops.

“And it’ll be fresh, as Si­mon and Ru­pert have added the roasted beans di­rectly into the brew as it ma­tures,” he says. The ale will be the 34th in Cas­tle Rock’s cel­e­bra­tion se­ries and will be fol­lowed by other beers for Notts women and men who’ve done their bit in the per­form­ing arts, foot­ball, and sci­ence.

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