Ilkley Brewery Crowned One Of Yorkshire’s ‘Most Promising Young Companies’

Just three years old this month, Ilkley Brewery is one of three Yorkshire companies to win the Government-backed Local Business Accelerators campaign to find the region’s most promising young companies.

The spa town brewery, along with Leeds-based Liquid Voice and Huddersfield’s Proper Maid, wins a substantial amount of free advertising in the Yorkshire Post and mentoring from top business figures in the region.

Speaking about the brewery’s win, 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. The Yorkshire Post received 52 entries from businesses across Yorkshire so the competition has been tough but it is great that our hard work and dedication has been recognised by such an esteemed panel of judges.”

The Yorkshire judging panel consisted of Paul Ayre, managing partner of Leeds and Bradford-based law firm Gordons LLP, Kevin Hollinrake, managing director of Hunters Property Group, John Tordoff, managing director of JCT600 motor group and Bernard Ginns, the Yorkshire Post’s business editor.

JCT600’s John Tordoff will provide three months of mentoring to Ilkley Brewery. Mr Tordoff commented: “In just three years The Ilkley Brewery has really established itself by displaying true Yorkshire grit and an entrepreneurial spirit second to none.”

Stewart Ross, Ilkley Brewery’s co-founder, added: “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.”

In addition to the free advertising and mentoring, the Business Growth Fund, a £2.5 billion equity investment capital fund backed by five of the largest banks in the UK, is offering winners a free half-day workshop. All three companies will now go on to the national final, the winner of which will receive a year’s mentoring from Deborah Meaden, the Dragon’s Den investor.

Message from the PM

The Local Business Accelerators campaign is backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, the Confederation of British Industry and the Bank of England. Mr Cameron offered his congratulations to the winning businesses: “It’s brilliant that so many promising young companies, from such a wide range of sectors, are benefitting from this excellent initiative.

“Entrepreneurship, creativity and ambition are essential for our economic recovery and through Local Business Accelerators, newspapers such as the Yorkshire Post are supporting some great new British businesses to grow, and helping to boost their local economy.

“I wish the newspapers, businesses and their mentors every success over the coming months.”

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