Malt firm’s trust helps Berwick school

Malt firm’s trust helps Berwick school

Grove School pupil Oliver Ferrier tests out the new bed   The Simpson McCreath Trust, in Berwick-upon-Tweed, has awarded a much-needed grant to nearby Grove School as part of its commitment to local initiatives. The trust, run by local family-owned maltster, Simpsons...

Wimbledon Brewery welcomes experienced MD

Wimbledon Brewery — which has a stated mission to be the premium English beer brand globally — has appointed David Bateman, previously chief financial and operating officer at Paperchase, as its first managing director. David (pictured) has made a financial investment...

Veltins celebrates 25 years of export

German brewery Veltins is celebrating 25 years of successful exports, which now account for 7.3% of the company’s output. Newly-redesigned Veltins half-litre cans Veltins may not have been the first German brewery to export its beer, but Dr Volker Kuhl, managing...
Capital for Downing Pub EIS One Limited

Capital for Downing Pub EIS One Limited

Metro Bank has announced that it has provided Downing Pub EIS One Limited — formed from the merger of Pabulum Pubs and Augusts Pub in October — with £7.7 million of funding. The capital will be used to facilitate the exit of investors who wish to relinquish their...

SBPA opposes Scottish leased pubs Bill

Responding to the announcement by the Scottish Labour MSP Neil Bibby that he will seek to introduce new legislation on the nation’s leased and tenanted pubs, the Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) has called for the MSP to “think again”. If...
Molson Coors purchases Aspalls Cyder Ltd

Molson Coors purchases Aspalls Cyder Ltd

Molson Coors is back on the acquisition trail in the UK, but this time it has purchased a cider maker — Aspall Cyder Limited — rather than a brewery. Founded in 1728 by Clement Chevallier and run by the eighth generation of his family, Aspall is an established premium...
Brakspear appoints experienced BDM

Brakspear appoints experienced BDM

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has appointed Steve Head (pictured) as a business development manager with responsibility for its pubs in Oxfordshire and London. Steve has worked in the hospitality sector for 25 years, starting as a barman. He joins from Greene King...
Bad debts and distribution costs hit Arran

Bad debts and distribution costs hit Arran

New figures show that Arran Brewery recorded a sales increase of 36% to  £1,368,657 in 2016, although bad debts and distribution costs meant the company recorded a trading loss of £108,162 for the period. Sales were actually up 45% on the previous period, but as the...
Wadworth reports growth in contract brewing

Wadworth reports growth in contract brewing

Wadworth is reporting bumper growth from its contract brewing operation in the last 18 months, creating more than 9,000 barrels of contract beer, including 3,500 barrels of lager, in that time. A focus on offering bespoke beers and lagers as well as brewing to...