Somerset-based brewer and pub operator Butcombe has appointed an area sales manager for Herefordshire and Worcester as the company expands past its heartland. Oliver Fleming, who previous ran the Fox Inn pub at Old Down, Bristol, has been recruited to the role. Guy Newell, managing director of Butcombe Brewery, said: “With our profile being raised in new areas it makes sense to ensure that we maximise sales in the on-trade as well. Our northern territory is expanding, not only in Herefordshire and Worcestershire but from Gloucester to Ross on Wye, to Chipping Norton and to Burford. “We have known Ollie for a long time as he used to manage a highly successful rural pub that we have supplied for several years – he wanted to join our team and it’s great to have him on board.” The company said its beers are now available in c.1,000 outlets within a 75-mile radius of Bristol.