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Leighton Buzzard brewery flies high thanks to new funding

19 May 2017

A central Bedfordshire brewery is toasting a slice of a new £7.1 million scheme, aimed at growing and supporting the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co. will receive £3,000 from FEAST (Food Enterprise Advisory Support Team), a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partnered by us, aimed at supporting eligible food and drink manufacturers across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) area through grants, technical support and business mentoring.

The money will help the Grovebury Road company in purchasing five new fermentation tanks and will see the its output increase dramatically, something which owner Jon d’Este-Hoare explained could not have come at a better time.

He said: "We found out about the FEAST grant just at the time that a neighbouring unit became available to us, so it’s enabling us to take advantage of that expansion, increase our brewing capacity, offer new products to the market and ultimately create a couple more jobs.

"Having been trading for a couple of years, the grant has been the perfect boost to our plans to build on our early success and, given that the whole application process was really quite simple, I’d urge other businesses to make sure they take advantage of the money that’s available to them.”

After already securing £5,000 from SEMLEP’s Velocity Growth Hub, Jon will be aptly celebrating the new funding with a pint of the brewery’s most popular traditional real ale, Cuckoo.

FEAST will receive £3.5 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 - 2020.

As a partner of FEAST, we're working alongside the University of Northampton, Moulton College and The Mallows Company to support the Food and Drink Forum, which was awarded the project.

Our Director for Regeneration and Business, Jason Longhurst, said: "We are delighted to support FEAST in a partnership that will help Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co. and many others achieve their growth ambitions. Their success highlights an already thriving Agrifood sector in central Bedfordshire, which is one of our four key strategic areas, and while we have a range of packages to help every type of business, FEAST is an important scheme that will enable eligible food and drink manufacturers to access the support that they need.

"And in order to create an environment where businesses can prosper and grow, we are investing in a range of infrastructure, developments and regeneration. Latest infrastructure developments include the recently opened Woodside and A5-M1 link roads, which will benefit businesses and residents in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding towns with improved road systems. We are also investing in Leighton Buzzard town centre through our Market Town Regeneration Fund and the High Street Improvement Scheme, which will help rejuvenate our town centres and improve shop fronts, respectively.”

We're hosting a FEAST clinic on Tuesday 6 June. To register your place at one of the free clinics, or for more details of the free FEAST project (including registering your business), please contact Amanda at The Mallows Company on 01933 664437 or email amanda@themallowscompany.com.

For further details of Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co.’s range of ales, or to find out more about its summer open days, please visit www.leightonbuzzardbrewing.co.uk (link opens in new window), call 01525 217736 or email jon@leightonbuzzardbrewing.co.uk.

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