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Old School Brewery to supply local businesses with beer

A new micro-brewery in Lancashire is aiming to produce around 200 casks of beer every week to sell to local businesses.

The owners of the Old School Brewery in Warton received over £50,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which supports new enterprises or helps existing ones to expand to boost job creation.

Ren Wallbank and Ian Walsh run the brewery and employ two people. They bought the site ten years ago but have only just got around to developing it.

Walsh said, “We had been planning the brewery for more than two years, however, it was the RDPE grant that finally allowed the idea to become a reality."

As well as creating a new business and bringing jobs to the village, the micro-brewery also brought a traditional building back into use. The premises were previously listed as being 'at risk' in the local conservation plan.

The building needed extensive renovation to accommodate the new business and took around eight months to complete, including structural and internal alterations and the installation of all the brewing equipment.

County councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said, "By creating new jobs and encouraging the development of new businesses in rural areas, we can help our towns and villages continue to thrive as places to live and work.

"We're delighted that we've been able to support the creation of a new business, especially one that will be selling locally-made products in the local area."

Funding as part of the RDPE scheme is still available to businesses in Lancashire. Click here for more information.

By Kirsty Hewitt

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