Manchester brewery expands with new funding package

ShinDigger, the Manchester-based brewery, is expanding its operations with the support of a new six-figure funding package.

The brewery has used funding, provided by HSBC, to make capacity improvements to its current 2,500 sq. ft. warehouse in Ancoats, Manchester. These developments come in the build up to summer 2019 plans for a move to a much larger facility in Salford, with capacity to store 1,000 kegs at the optimal temperature of four degrees, ensuring consistent quality across the range. Prior to moving into its Ancoats site, the business relied on renting warehouse space across the region and transporting beer from satellite brewery sites.

ShinDigger currently supplies beer throughout Northern England and is broadening its presence across the UK. To meet this growing demand, the brewery has also invested in a new delivery van to ensure efficient delivery of its products to pubs and retailers, including select Co-op supermarket stores.

The brewery is also planning to increase its exports across Europe, catering to a new found appetite for craft beer in countries including Italy and Spain. An increased stock capacity and more international contracts are expected to increase its exports by up to 10 per cent over the next year.

The brewery’s expansion, with support from HSBC UK, has already created three jobs with further capacity for growth. The business is expected to increase its turnover by 50 per cent over the next 12 months.

Paul Delamere, Co-Founder and Director of ShinDigger, said:“This expansion is a major development for us and signals the start of an exciting chapter for the brewery. Traditionally, we have always operated as a shadow brewery, creating recipes we love and brewing off-site so found storage could prove tricky. The new warehouse and increased delivery capacity will ensure that our products taste as good to beer fans across the UK and beyond, as they do at our Manchester home.”

Andrew Holgate, Business Banking Relationship Manager for Manchester at HSBC UK, added: “ShinDigger is a great example of how two individuals can convert a shared passion into an international business. Over the past seven years, the brewery has demonstrated an aptitude for developing a unique range of beers that stand out in a crowded market. We’re delighted to be supporting the business in the next stages of its journey look forward to toasting every future success.”

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