Manchester based brewery planning expansion following funding package


A Manchester based brewery is expanding its operations with the backing of six-figure funding package.

ShinDigger has used funding to make improvements to its current 2,500 sq. ft. warehouse in Ancoats.

The developments come in the build up to summer plans for a move to a much larger facility in Salford, with capacity to store 1,000 kegs of beer.

Before moving into its Ancoats site, the business relied on renting warehouse space across the region and transporting beer from satellite brewery sites.

ShinDigger currently supplies beer throughout the North and is broadening its presence across the UK. To meet this growing demand.

The brewery has also invested in a new delivery van to ensure efficient delivery of its products to pubs and retailers, including select Co-op stores.

The brewery is also planning to increase its exports across Europe, catering to new demand for craft beer in countries including Italy and Spain.

An increased stock capacity and more international contracts are expected to increase its exports by up to 10% over the next year.

The brewery’s expansion, with support from HSBC UK, has already created three jobs with further capacity for growth.

The business is expected to increase its turnover by 50% over the next 12 months.

Paul Delamere, co-Founder and director of ShinDigger, said: “This expansion is a major development for us and signals the start of an exciting chapter for the brewery.

“Traditionally, we have always operated as a shadow brewery, creating recipes we love and brewing off-site so found storage could prove tricky.

“The new warehouse and increased delivery capacity will ensure that our products taste as good to beer fans across the UK and beyond, as they do at our Manchester home.”

Andrew Holgate, Business Banking Relationship Manager for Manchester at HSBC UK, added: “ShinDigger is a great example of how two individuals can convert a shared passion into an international business.

“Over the past seven years, the brewery has demonstrated an aptitude for developing a unique range of beers that stand out in a crowded market. We’re delighted to be supporting the business in the next stages of its journey look forward to toasting every future success.”

ShinDigger was established by Paul Delamere and George Grant in 2013, with the two friends initially brewing beer in their shared student accommodation. Since then, the brewery has grown to produce six core range beers, including the popular Mango Unchained, and seasonal specials, such as Iced Coffee pilsner. In 2018, ShinDigger produced over 4,000 HL (hectolitres) of keg beer for punters around the country.