West gets government backing to tune of £1.85m
Glasgow-based West Brewery is one of 32 companies to receive grant support from the The Scottish Government under the latest rounds of food and drink funding
West’s parent compay, Heidi Beers has received £1.85 million towards expansion plans that will support 18 new employees and see all production move to a new facility in Scotland, relocating the 70% of their operations currently based in Germany. Heidi will source 92% of their barley from Scotland, while they will launch a new low-alcohol lager.
Petra Wetzel, of Heidi Beers Ltd trading as WEST Brewery, said, “WEST is proud to create premium lagers and wheat beers that showcase the best of Scotland and this grant will finally enable us to build our brewing centre of excellence right here in Glasgow.”
Aberdeenshire-based Brewdog will also receive £551,000 towards a new brewery in Ellon, in a move that will create 16 new jobs and enable them to relocate to Scotland production that takes place in England and Belgium.”
All awards are subject to confirmation of eligible expenditure. Both Heidi and Brewdog are signed up to the Portman Group’s Code of Practice for socially responsible advertising. Adherence to this Code is a condition of the FPMC grant scheme.