Expansion success for Big Bog Brewery

19 Oct 2016

Business Featured

Grant support from the Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund has enabled Big Bog Brewery to relocate into new premises and increase its workforce.

Having relocated from North Wales to Liverpool, the microbrewery has been able to ramp up production to meet demand following a recent award win.

The new premises are five times the size of the original site and house state of the art equipment allowing the brewery to produce high quality and consistent cask ales in a traditional environment using the latest techniques.

Business owner Master Brewer Paul Jefferies commented: “Without the grant we couldn’t have financed the expansion.

“Sales went through the roof following our award win and thanks to the grant we have been able to expand to meet the increased demand.”

The move has resulted in the creation of two jobs at the brewery, with a further two expected over the next six to eight months.

Paul said: “We have created two jobs as a result of the expansion. We hope to increase production further in the next 6 – 8 months, buying a van and creating a new role for a driver.”

“The grant process was incredibly straightforward, unlike other grants I have encountered in the past. We received support and guidance from Geoff every step of the way and the application was made really easy for us.”

Geoff Bates, Regional Growth Fund Programme Manager at St Helens Chamber, commented: “Big Bog Brewery is a successful company that was operating at capacity from a shared premises in North Wales.

“Thanks to the Fund they have been able to move to a larger premises to meet demand, and we fully expect to see further job creation in line with the increase in production.”

Round six of the Regional Growth Fund is currently open for applications from local businesses under the Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund. Over £2 million of grant funding is still available but this must be awarded by March 2017.

Grants of up to £75,000 are available to provide investment for growth when conventional finance is not available elsewhere. Grants are available for a range of capital projects that will create new employment opportunities, such as purchasing new premises, expanding current premises or capital expenditure on plant and machinery.

For further information on the Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund visit the webpage or call Geoff Bates on 01744 742087.