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News Ilkley Brewery Crowned One of Yorkshire's 'Most Promising Companies'

Accolade marks successful first three years for brewer of gold medal-winning Mary Jane pale ale

Yorkshire has some of the best breweries in the country (we think so anyway). At just three years old, Ilkley Brewery is up there with the best of them, and its sterling work hasn’t gone unnoticed as it is one of three Yorkshire companies to win the Local Business Accelerators campaign.

Backed by the government, the campaign aimed to find the region’s most promising young companies. Along with Ilkley Brewery, Huddersfield’s Proper Maid and Leeds-based Liquid Voice also won free advertising and business mentoring from some of the region’s top business heads.

Chris Ives, co-founder of Ilkley Brewery, said: “This is such a tremendous accolade and we are all thrilled to be one of the region’s top young businesses.”

In the spring of 2009, friends Chris Ives and Stewart Ross bought an eight-barrel brew plant enabling them to make 4,600 pints a week. After considerable early success, they moved to a 2,600 sq ft property in January 2011 and a new 20 barrel brewing plant, enabling them to produce 23,000 pints per week.

Stewart Ross said of the company’s rapid success: "In 2009, we never imagined we would be brewing 30,000 pints a week three years down the line. Throughout this time, we have developed our craft, listened to our customers and grown the business accordingly. Recognition like this really bolsters our successes and opens up fantastic opportunities.”

John Tordoff, one of the competition judges and managing director of motoring group JCT600, added: “In just three years the Ilkley Brewery has really established itself by displaying true Yorkshire grit and an entrepreneurial spirit second to none.”

To find out more about Ilkley Brewery, visit: www.ilkleybrewery.co.uk

Posted on Wednesday 25th January 2012
Louise Crowther

Ilkley Brewery

The New Brewery, Ashlands Road, Ilkley, LS29 8JT

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