- WEST Brewery enjoys a growth surge as plans are underway for a second brewing facility
- Expansion will support their production of premium lagers and wheat beers
- Company supported with working capital facilities
Petra Wetzel’s passion and dream to create high volumes of premium Scottish lagers and wheat beers is about to come to fruition. The company has secured financial backing from RBS Invoice Finance and Royal Bank of Scotland to assist the construction of a second brewery.
The new facility will be located on the same Glasgow site as WEST's current brewery. This extra capacity will increase WEST's wholesale distribution to pubs, restaurants, hotels and off-licenses across the UK. The new brewery will also generate three new jobs and the potential for further growth.
Petra Wetzel is the company’s founder. Born in Germany, she has lived in Glasgow for over 20 years. She established WEST as the only UK brewery to produce all of its lagers and wheat beers in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot - the German Purity Law of 1516. The business also runs two beerhalls and restaurant in Glasgow.
A working capital facility and loan provided by our invoice finance and banking teams is supporting the new manufacturing facility. The funding package is a flexible solution that provides access to funds via advances on invoices. This means the finance package will grow in line with business sales.
Petra Wetzel, Director WEST Brewery:
"Our quest for great Scottish beer started in 2006. Since then, we have been brewing the finest artisan lagers and wheat beers in the UK. We brew all our beers in strict accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516, which we believe is simply the best way to make great beer."
The new brewery is a very exciting step. It will allow us to increase our output significantly to cope with increased demand from the UK and internationally. We have been very happy with the support from the bank and Invoice Finance team whose financial backing has been key to our growth."
Trisha Ronney, invoice finance team:
"Petra is highly experienced, having worked in this sector for a number of years. She is committed to producing the highest quality Scottish lagers and wheat beers. Her German roots really do come through strongly with her commitment to producing artisan products under the German Purity Law and we wish WEST Brewery every success with this exciting phase of their development."
Louise Burnett, Relationship Director, Commercial and Private Banking:
"WEST has become a Scottish institution. It is renowned for the quality of its produce and its commitment to maintaining high standards in brewing. We are delighted to have been able to help Petra in achieving her ambition."
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