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Tue 28 May 2019

Inward Investment for East Cambs

Members and officers from East Cambs District Council and Enterprise East Cambridgeshire were recently invited to two local businesses, both of whom are helping draw tourism and employment to the area.

National Stud and Dojima Sake brewery show members from East Cambs District Council local investment benefits.

The National Stud in Newmarket has been owned by The Jockey Club since 2008, and boasts a 500 acre site on the outskirts of Newmarket providing a comprehensive range of services to the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

It is a major contributor to the local economy in terms of investment, training opportunities and bringing visitors to the area.  As well as being a beautiful place to visit, the visit coincided with National Careers Week so we were very impressed with the free training that they offer to those looking for a career in the industry: fully funded, free accommodation and board and a paid personal allowance for training including courses for administration staff, owner breeders, stud staff and those aiming to reach managerial positions in the industry.

In 1973 Paul Mellon’s Mill Reef retired to the National Stud to begin a highly successful career as a stallion and he is commemorated as one of the world’s greatest racehorses with a statue that stands in front of the Stallion Unit.


We were also delighted to receive an invitation to the Dojima Sake Brewery, which is nestled in the stunning grounds of Fordham Abbey near Ely. The brewery is owned by the Hashimoto family, who have been brewing sake in Japan since the 1800s.  Many of the Hashimotos family’s children have attended schools and universities in the UK so they have always felt a deep connection with this country and have been planning on establishing a brewery for a few years. Upon seeing the beautiful Fordham Abbey they fell in love with the East Cambridgeshire area and established the Sake brewery: the first of its kind in the UK.

The Hashimoto family want to site to become a tourist destination offering public tours of the Sake brewery as well as becoming a centre for Japanese arts, food and culture.

Councillors and officers from East Cambs District Council received a tour of the brewery to understand the highly complex processes involved in producing Sake. It really is an art in itself; requiring a lot of patience, expertise and dedication to turn humble grains of rice into an extremely high quality, exquisite drink.

This project reflects the Hashimoto’s £9 million investment to the East Cambs economy, linking the region with international trade. There are also plans for a cafe, visitor's centre and Japanese cultural centre on the 200 acre site and the project will create up to 100 jobs created in the area.

We warmly thank both the Hashimoto family and the National Stud for their hospitality.

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