Funding boost for BrewDog in Ellon

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited BrewDog in Ellon recently.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited BrewDog in Ellon recently.
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North-east craft beer firm BrewDog is to receive a £1.5million grant which is set to create scores of new jobs in Ellon.

The announcement was made by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at the company’s production facility in the town on Monday.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited BrewDog in Ellon recently.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited BrewDog in Ellon recently.

During the visit, Mr Swinney toured the plant with BrewDog co-founder James Watt.

The £1.5million in Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) to the firm is expected to result in investment of more than £20 million and the creation of 130 jobs in Ellon.

BrewDog has received various accolades over the years - including being named by The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 as the fastest growing food and drink company in the UK.

On Monday, the London Stock Exchange named BrewDog as one of the 1,000 most inspiring companies in the UK.

BrewDog is a remarkable Scottish success story

John Swinney MSP Deputy First Minister

During his visit to the eco-brewery, Mr Swinney said: “BrewDog is a remarkable Scottish success story beginning with Martin and James’ passion for quality craft beer in 2007 and growing into a major award winning company.

“I am delighted to support this growth through today’s RSA award which will create a further 130 jobs in the North-east.

“With a presence across the globe it is only right that this young company should receive so many accolades, including today’s London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015.

“Scotland is fast becoming one of the world’s leading food and drink nations and demand for our products has seen rapid growth in the overseas markets for many years now.”

Speaking to the Ellon Times, BrewDog co-founder James Watt said that the jobs being created would span a number of sections of the firm, including packaging, production, logistics, sales, marketing and finance.

He added: “With the increased funding we are able to make our dreams a reality and add loads more integral and talented people to the BrewDog team.

“Each new hire will help us with our massive plans for 2015 and the years following and manifest our mission in Scotland and across the world.”

BrewDog currently employs around 90 people in Ellon and around 370 people across the UK.

Local politicians also welcomed the funding announcement.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond said: “The BrewDog name is known across the world and I am pleased that a young company from Aberdeenshire is receiving recognition of its achievements.

“Scotland is fast becoming one of the world’s leading food and drink nations and demand for our products has seen rapid growth in the overseas markets for many years now.”

Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson said; “I am delighted that BrewDog has received support from the Scottish Government to invest in their Ellon premises.

“It is great to see a local company going from strength to strength and I wish them every success.”