Award-winning Lancaster-based brewer and regional leisure venue operator Lancaster Brewery has filed record pre-tax profits of £667,102 in 2017/2018 – up 88 per cent year on year – and has announced significant investment plans for 2019.
Lancaster Brewery, which owns top Lancashire and Cumbria hospitality venues including The Brewhouse & Tap and The Sun Hotel & Bar in Lancaster, saw strong profits across the group.
Much of Lancaster Brewery’s record profits were down to improvements made in the brewing plant over the past seven years – such as new cooling air systems, conditioning tanks, and a raft of other projects – that have led to consistent quality levels and resulted in boosted sales of its cask and bottled beer across the UK and overseas.
Investment within the brewery during the last financial year included new brewing kit, new delivery vehicles and a significant increase in the cask population. Across its venues, 2017/2018 saw a continuation of its rolling bedroom improvement programme, plus the addition of new state-of-the-art kitchens at The Sun.
In addition, a sizeable investment was made in the company’s online profile, website and social media presence. Large sums were also invested in developing the brewery’s export market with new customers in Asia and Europe.
For 2019, Lancaster Brewery’s tenanted pub, The Palatine, is to receive considerable funding early in the year, while The Sun Hotel & Bar, The Duke of Edinburgh, and The Mill at Ulverston will be given substantial investment as part of the company’s determination to continually evolve and improve all of its venues. There are also significant plans to further improve and evolve Lancaster Brewery in 2019/20.
Director Phil Simpson said: “We’ve had another really good year in an increasingly competitive and complex market. We now employ around 130 dedicated individuals and together we have developed a positively robust and progressive company.
“Whilst we have seen record profits this year, we will put nearly all of that right back into the business, as we have done in previous years.
“Our aim has always been to be the best in terms of product and service, it’s worked quite well to date, so we’ll continue with our simple but impossible hunt for perfection.”
Matt Jackson, co-director, said: “The brewery has had another superb year. Our overall sales were up 11 per cent and profit increased by more than 30 per cent, which is ultimately all down to the quality of our beer.
“We are blessed with a fantastic brewery and a fantastic team; from our brewers to the sales team, our delivery drivers and the management.
“Everyone is committed to making Lancaster Brewery something we can all be proud of and we genuinely believe that, in terms of beer quality and consistency, there are no better breweries in the north of England.”