Fund­ing to help Wilde Child brewer ex­pand

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

A BREW­ERY is re­lo­cat­ing to new premises in a bid to ex­pand its beer pro­duc­tion af­ter se­cur­ing fund­ing from the Busi­ness En­ter­prise Fund (BEF).

Leeds-based brew­ery Wilde Child Brew­ing, which re­cently se­cured key ac­counts with recog­nised pub chains, has re­lo­cated to a 2,000 sq ft com­mer­cial prop­erty in Arm­ley to help it ful­fil its growth plans.

The new premises will en­able the brew­ery to in­crease its pro­duc­tion by five times, from three bar­rels a week to 15, with the first beer brewed at the new fa­cil­ity ex­pected to be avail­able from Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Gar­butt + El­liott ad­vised Wilde Child Brew­ing founder and owner Keir McAl­lis­ter-Wilde on the fund­ing deal and ex­perts at the firm have been ap­pointed to pro­vide a range of ac­coun­tancy and fi­nan­cial ser­vices to sup­port the com­pany.

Mr McAl­lis­ter-Wilde said: “Since launch­ing, the de­mand for our prod­ucts has been ex­tremely high and I have been look­ing at ways to ex­pand the op­er­a­tion and keep pace with or­ders.

“The Start Up Loans in­vest­ment pro­vided by the BEF will al­low me to ful­fil my am­bi­tious growth plans, which in­cludes re­lo­ca­tion to the new fa­cil­ity, em­ploy­ing more peo­ple and ex­pand­ing our cus­tomer base out­side of York­shire.

“As well as re­lo­cat­ing I’m also con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of open­ing a tap room where cus­tomers visit­ing our new home can sam­ple our prod­ucts.”

Wilde Child brew­ery was launched in 2016 by Mr McAl­lis­ter-Wilde af­ter he honed his skills as a home­brewer for four years be­fore mov­ing into the com­mer­cial brew­ing in­dus­try where he worked with two York­shire brew­eries.

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