MASONS of Yorkshire welcomed International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, on a special visit to the firm’s Leeming Bar distillery on Wednesday.

Ms Truss, who was on a tour of Yorkshire and the North-East to promote and learn about successful UK enterprise abroad, was given a tour of the distillery by Masons’ joint founders – husband and wife team Karl and Cathy Mason.

She was shown pallets of Masons’ premium gins lined up and ready for export, before a gin tasting in the distillery’s product development laboratory.

Mr Mason said the visit “presented the perfect opportunity to discuss the impact that international trade has on our business”.

“We were able to demonstrate the importance of both importing high-quality ingredients such as juniper, which can’t be sourced in the UK, and our ambition to increase exports of Masons gin in key markets around the world,” he added.

Ms Truss also visited Mowbray Park Farm, near Ripon, to mark the annual Great British Beef Week. She spoke with President of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters, and local producer ABP Food Group to discuss how industry and government can help boost British beef and agri products around the world.