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Leeds brewery to expand production and open first pub outside city

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An independent brewery and pub operator is to expand its production capacity and open its first pub outside Leeds – The Duke of York in York city centre – following a £395,000 finance deal from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Leeds Brewery was established by founders Michael Brothwell and Sam Moss in 2007 and has since become the city’s largest brewery, supplying 70,000 pints a week to hundreds of pubs across the country as well as bottled beers to major supermarket chains.

Alongside this the company operates six pubs in Leeds, including the Grade II star listed Garden Gate in Hunslet.

The brewery produces cask, keg and bottled beers, with its flagship brand Leeds Pale widely available across Yorkshire.

The finance will allow the company to increase its production capacity in order to continue to meet growing demand, as well as allowing it to further expand its pub estate, beginning with its new site in the centre of York.

Sam Moss, co-founder of Leeds Brewery, said:

“We are passionate about brewing high quality beers and running high quality pubs and we are pleased to have secured the funding that we need to continue to grow our business.

“We are delighted to have secured such a high profile site in York and we look forward to creating a brilliant pub.”

Drew Haymes, relationship director for Santander Corporate and Commercial, said:

“We are delighted to support this tremendously vibrant, local business which has strong roots in Leeds and is now expanding in to York.

“Michael and Sam are highly experienced, driven and prudent directors and have overseen a terrific period of growth and increasing demand for their products.

“I am looking forward to working with them during this very exciting time for their business.”

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