Scotland business

BrewDog to create 130 new jobs in Ellon

Brewery equipment at BrewDog's Ellon facility Image copyright BrewDog
Image caption The grant will lead to 130 new jobs at BrewDog's facility in Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire-based drinks firm BrewDog is to create 130 new jobs in response to demand for their craft beer.

The move follows an announcement by the Scottish government that the company has been awarded £1.5m in Regional Selective Assistance (RSA).

BrewDog said the grant would result in investment of more than £20m in the company.

The expansion will see the firm increase its workforce at Ellon from 370 to 500.

The company, which was founded eight years ago in Fraserburgh by James Watt and Martin Dickie, has been growing quickly in recent years.

It was named by The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 as the fastest growing food and drink company in the UK.

'Success story'

During a visit to BrewDog's Ellon facility, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: "BrewDog is a remarkable Scottish success story, beginning with Martin and James' passion for quality craft beer in 2007 and growing into a major award-winning company.

"I am delighted to support this growth through today's RSA award which will create a further 130 jobs in the north east."

BrewDog's turnover this year is expected to top £32m. In addition to brewing, it owns more than two dozen bars, the majority of which are based in the UK.

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