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Funding Package Enables Expansion for Welsh Craft Beer Company

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A leading Welsh craft brewery is set to boost production at its Newport site after announcing plans to build a new 30,000 sq ft distribution centre.

Tiny Rebel Brewery has submitted plans to redevelop the land opposite its current headquarters on Wern Industrial Estate, after securing the site using a £175,000 funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

It’s now set to create a state-of-the-art facility for the storage and distribution of its wide range of craft beers, which includes the award-winning ale ‘Cwtch’.

Moving operations to the new centre will allow the firm to expand production at its main brewery, enabling it to increase its capacity by seven times and brew more than 12 million litres of beer annually.

The company expects to achieve turnover of £10million creating 25 new jobs in its brewing and operations teams to support its ongoing growth. 

Since founders Brad Cummings and Gaz Williams started the brewery in their garage seven years ago, the business has gone from strength-to-strength. It now works with distributors and wholesalers in 36 countries across the globe, and has recently started exporting to a number of new markets, including Korea and Japan.

Brad Cummings said:

“The British craft brewing industry has exploded in recent years thanks to growing demand in both local and overseas markets.

“Our core focus remains on expanding sales across the UK, and the new distribution centre will provide us with the flexibility needed to increase production and expand our product range.

“We’ve worked with Lloyds Bank since our inception in 2012. On this occasion they provided the funding to purchase the new site, but it’s the relationship teams’ constant support and guidance that has been invaluable throughout every stage of our growth.”

David Williams, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said:

“It’s the drive and ambition of Brad and Gaz that has made Tiny Rebel Brewery a success. They are driven to be the best and are always looking for new ways to expand or to grow their market share.

“For independent firms to succeed, it’s vital that they have the correct funding in place. It’s for this reason that we’ve pledged to lend £18 billion to UK businesses this year, with £1.1 billion of this earmarked to go to firms across Wales.”

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