Sense of AD:VEN­TURE as North Bar se­cures Euro­pean fund­ing

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ONE OF York­shire’s best known craft brew­eries is dou­bling ca­pac­ity af­ter se­cur­ing a tranche of Euro­pean Union fund­ing.

Leeds’s North Bar runs seven bars around the re­gion and be­gan brew­ing its own beer two years ago with its own North Brew­ing Co la­bel.

Thanks to the AD:VEN­TURE pro­gramme, a Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Funded pro­gramme cov­er­ing the Leeds City Re­gion, the firm has se­cured an ex­tra £21,000 of in­vest­ment.

As a re­sult brew­ing ca­pac­ity has now dou­bled with own­ers John Gyn­gell and Chris­tian Towns­ley able to in­vest in sev­eral brew­ing ves­sels to meet cur­rent de­mand.

Its beers are now widely avail­able through­out the UK as well as be­ing ex­ported to eight Euro­pean coun­tries.

Mr Towns­ley said that up un­til now de­mand was out­strip­ping sup­ply for its beer.

He said: “Many say this is a great prob­lem to have, but for us, de­liv­er­ing stock on time is cru­cial. We work hard to main­tain our stan­dards of ser­vice, and no one wants to let their cus­tomers down.

“I was de­lighted to an­nounce we had been suc­cess­ful in our ap­pli­ca­tion for the grant of £21,000.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion process was hard work but reg­u­lar meet­ings with my ad­viser were in­valu­able and my ex­pe­ri­ence of writ­ing a thor­ough busi­ness plan as a part of the Gold­man Sachs 10,000 Small Busi­nesses pro­gramme equipped me for what was de­scribed to me by the se­nior eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer as “the best he’d seen in a long time”.

“I’m sure there are sim­i­lar pro­grammes for growth grants around the coun­try.

“In ad­di­tion to that, we’ve also been suc­cess­ful in our ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant of around £1,200 to­wards ac­quir­ing ‘SALSA’, a food safety ac­cred­i­ta­tion which will open up fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to us whilst im­ple­ment­ing fur­ther con­trols to en­sure our QC.

“I couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port of my team, in par­tic­u­lar my busi­ness part­ner, our FD and our head brewer. For any­one look­ing to grow their busi­ness and gen­er­ate jobs, it’s well worth in­vest­ing time to re­search what fund­ing is avail­able.”

The com­pany has en­joyed much suc­cess in the last year, tak­ing a top prize at the 2017 Pub­li­can Awards as well as be­ing named Best place to drink in Bri­tain in the Ob­server Food Monthly Awards.

CHRIS­TIAN TOWNS­LEY: It’s well worth in­vest­ing time to re­search what fund­ing is avail­able.

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