A microbrewery like no other has been fitting out its new headquarters at the Foundry in Ordsall and will open inside a month, SalfordOnline.com can reveal.
Outstanding Beers Company produces 10 lines from their current base in Bury, including their no-nonsense bestsellers IPA, Pilsner, Imperial and Stout.
They’ve bought, not rented, two office spaces totalling over 7,000sq ft.
As director Alex Lord explains, the move to Salford was prompted by a need to expand the business after exhausting the limit of their 4,500sq ft brewery.
“We’re really pleased we’re moving into Salford.
“We’re ambitious for growth and we don’t want any restrictions on this: we couldn’t push our current place any further.
“We looked in Bury and there was nothing coming to the market.
“We also looked at Manchester and even buying our own land and building from the ground up, but Ordsall was the only choice that made sense.
“When Capital&Centric came up it was too good a place to miss.
“It’s a great location with good parking and great access as 95% of our business is done in Greater Manchester.”
With all the flats being built on Ordsall Lane there’s now a healthy sprinkling of business development to go with it.
The sister company to Outstanding Beers, brewery installers PBC, will take 1,000sq ft of the new premises.
Since being founded in 2008 PBC have built 300 microbreweries in the UK, including First Chop in Trinity and Seven Brothers in Salford Quays.
“We work as one big happy family,” said Alex.
“We’ve got office spaces, reception rooms, cold stores and a bar, and there’ll be training rooms where we teach the public short courses on brewing and how to set up their own microbrewery.
“It’s a massive build that’s been underway for the past four months, but we’re getting there.
“I can tell you now, there won’t be a brewery like it in Greater Manchester.”
Beer business in Salford is booming as the city has become home to a number of large and independent brewers.
That list includes Rik Garner’s First Chop and the family-owned Seven Brothers, but also Hydes, who relocated to a new premises in Salford Quays in 2015.
By the start of October 2016 the company expect to start trading from the Capital&Centric office development on Ordsall Lane, opposite the Grade I-listed Ordsall Hall.
Councillor Ray Mashiter, who represents Ordsall, told SalfordOnline.com: “It is great to see that the Foundry has attracted a company with such ambition and that Ordsall continues to be the destination for culturally connected entrepreneurs.”
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