Husband and wife team Ken and Jenny Lynch have launched Serious Brewing Company, a new artisan micro brewery in Rochdale with the help of a £25k loan from Business Finance Solutions, the North West delivery partner of the government’s national £350m Start Up Loans programme.
Having been enthusiastic home brewers for several years, Ken and Jenny have spent the past year researching and refining a small range of premium quality beers that they will produce from their micro-brewery site in Fieldhouse Industrial Estate, Rochdale.
Ken and Jenny have already invested their own money to setup the micro-brewery and begin brewing, the £25k Start Up Loan from BFS will help to purchase new brewing equipment for the business.
The Serious Brewing Company will focus on producing bottle-conditioned and keg-conditioned beers, which draw influences from traditional British ale, US craft beers and aspects of artisan Belgian beers. Initially, the brewery will concentrate on supplying beer in bottles and key-kegs to local shops, pubs and restaurants as well as attending local and farmers’ markets. They plan to produce casks for local pubs and beer festivals in the new year.
Ken said: “Thanks to the Start Up Loan from BFS we were able to buy the equipment we need to brew premium quality beer. We have a passion for creating interesting beers that are full of flavour and we enjoy being a little bit experimental. Like us, many people are becoming interested in different styles of beer, it is not just bitter, mild, stout and lager which are popular now. Saisons, sour beers, dubbels and trappist beers are becoming increasingly sought after and we are excited to be brewing beer influenced as much by the brewing traditions of Belgium as our own British ales."
Alex Mearns, Loan Officer at BFS, which is part of the Economic Solutions, said: “The Serious Brewing Company has a great USP in its market differentiation and is responding to the growing demand for locally produced and craft beers.
“The independent brewing industry is a vibrant and healthy manufacturing sector that has grown and evolved over recent years and we’re very pleased to be supporting Ken and Jenny in their new business launch.”
Ken and Jenny also received support from the Business Growth Hub, which is also part of the Economic Solutions. Darren Flannery from the growth service team assisted Serious Brewing Company with business planning and worked in partnership with Rochdale Development Agency to find business premises. He also supported the company in investigating supermarket contracts and preparing for the forthcoming launch events.
BFS, which is supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority,will see £7.5 million allocated to new start-ups across the North West over the next two years, creating around 1500 new businesses and over 3000 new jobs in the region. With more than £7.5million lent to date, over 1300 BFS Start Up Loan recipients in the North West are now running their own businesses, creating employment and economic opportunities across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria. Start Up Loans are available to everyone over the age of 18 in the North West.