Brewkitchen cooks up growth with new funding

Matthew Chenery, of Barclays, with Michael Arthur, Victoria Smith, Richard Smith and Rebekah Wood of Brewkitchen

Matthew Chenery, of Barclays, with Michael Arthur, Victoria Smith, Richard Smith and Rebekah Wood of Brewkitchen

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Sheffield restaurant company Brewkitchen has announced expansion plans with new funding from Barclays.

Established in 2007, the company includes eateries The Graze Inn on Ecclesall Road, The Cricket Inn in Totley and the Rose Garden Café in Graves Park.

The group is an associate business of Thornbridge Brewery set up by entrepreneur Jim Harrison and Sheffield restauranteurs Richard and Victoria Smith and includes LSJ Outside Catering.

The new funding consolidates the group’s banking with Barclays.

Jim Harrison, Brewkitchen chairman, said: “We need to continue with our investment programme to ensure our restaurants and bars provide quality produce sourced locally.

“Barclays supported our growth with Thornbridge Brewery so we decided to consolidate our banking with them and the new funding will enable us to continue on our growth journey.”

The company employs more than 100 staff across the Brewkitchen Groups and turnover is expected to exceed £5 million for the year.

In April, Thornbridge Brewery announced a £2 million investment in a new bottling line, increased brewing capacity and warehousing at its Bakewell plant, with the aim of increasing production by 70 per cent. It also hired 11 staff.

Matthew Chenery, Barclays relationship director, said: “This new funding deal will provide them with more flexibility for their expansion plans.”

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