A BREWERY is creating jobs and investing in new bottling facilities.
Twelve new posts will be created and another three safeguarded at Camerons in Hartlepool which is planning a beer bottling line capable of packaging up to 10,000 bottles per hour.
Bosses say the investment was possible thanks to a £150,000 boost from the Tees Valley Business Compass scheme, led by Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU).
The Business Compass offers up to £1m of grant support on behalf of the Business Growth Investment Scheme to small and medium-sized enterprises looking to invest in their business. Camerons was one of 10 projects to be approved.
Chris Soley, director and general manager at Camerons, said: “Without the grant assistance through the Business Growth Investment Scheme, we would have been unable to finance the project and lost out on the opportunity to grow the business and help secure the long term future of the brewery.
“Camerons Brewery is now the only remaining major independent family brewer in the North-East and, as it approaches its 150th anniversary, the addition of a bottling capability will allow the business to adapt to changing consumer trends and help cement the site’s future long term prosperity.
“The investment adds a further vital dimension to our UK renowned contract brewing services.”
The new line allows Camerons to tap into the growing take-home market.
TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole said: “Growth, sustainability and job creation are at the core of what this scheme is about and it’s encouraging to see how the funding has assisted Camerons Brewery in investing in a project which looks set to secure a long and fruitful future here in the Tees Valley.”
For further information and to find out if your business is eligible for the funding, visit http://www.teesbusinesscompass.co.uk