Boost for former Broch firm BrewDog

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited BrewDog in Ellon recently.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited BrewDog in Ellon recently.

Former Broch firm BrewDog is set to receive a funding grant of £1.5million which will lead to the creation of scores of new jobs in Ellon.

The announcement was made by Deputy First Minister John Swinney when he visited BrewDog’s production facility in Ellon 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 went on a tour of the facility with BrewDog co-founder James Watt.

It is understand that the £1.5m in Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) to the company will result in investment of over £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.

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 Fraserburgh Herald, BrewDog captain James Watt added that the jobs being created would span a number of sections of the firm, including packaging, production, logistics, sales, marketing and finance.

BrewDog currently employs around 370 people across the UK.