Burnley-based Moorhouse’s Brewery has reported a £37,000 pre-tax profit for the last financial year, compared to a pre-tax loss of £275,000 in 2018. Annual turnover has remained constant at around £4.5m.
Moorhouse’s is led by Lee Williams (pictured), who was appointed managing director in April 2017. The company is in year two of its turnaround plan, which has seen a full rebrand of the business as well as a programme of coast-saving initiatives.
This has included working more closely with key stakeholders in its supply chain, implementing new and more efficient ways of working, and investing in new product development, as well as core equipment and infrastructure acquisition, including new vehicles, IT systems and solar panels.
Lee has also overseen major changes to the sales mix and improvements to customer service, most notably re-vamping the delivery function and opening up new distribution channels, which has seen the brewery securing its first export order since 2016.
Prior to joining Moorhouse’s, Lee worked in the beer industry for nearly 25 years, including senior roles at Thwaites and Marston’s. His background has included sales and marketing, as well as strategy and business development.
‘The turnaround programme is starting to pay real dividends’
He said: “We are delighted the business is now back in profit. This has been a real team effort, but this is just the start. Our focus is on building on these solid foundations to make Moorhouse’s as strong as possible. We have to continue this momentum, and new product development, alongside some new retail bars, will be at the heart of how we create a sustainable future for the brand.
“The turnaround programme, which started back in the summer 2017, is starting to pay real dividends, and much of its success is down to the efforts and dedication of the entire team.
“Along with all of the logistical and cost-saving initiatives that have been brought in, we have also created an environment where the team can now play an active role in assuming responsibility for making the changes that were needed to turn the fortunes of the business around.”
Lee added: “The cask beer sector is incredibly challenging, with the highest number of breweries on record chasing a market that is in decline, so central to our strategy has been maintaining Moorhouse’s long-standing reputation of brewing quality beer.
“This is reflected in a number of recent award wins, including gongs at the Society of Independent Brewers Awards, the International Beer Challenge, and at the World Beer Awards.”