Oakham sets out 2016 expansion plans

The award-winning Peterborough-based Oakham Ales has announced major expansion plans.

The company has been granted planning permission to expand its brewery and double the annual brewing capacity to 100,000 hectolitres.

At the same time, it has made a number of appointments to its fast-growing team.

Jonathan Shaw will be Oakham’s first dedicated area sales manager based in London, reflecting growing demand for its range in the capital.

Elsewhere, Neil Galloway assumes the role of operations manager and Dominic Leighton will be Oakham’s new national sales executive for the north.

A national sales executive for the south is due to be appointed shortly.

Also new to the team are brewery administrator, Lindsey Faull; drayman, Steve Corry; sales support assistant Talia Karim; and Mike Simpson, off-trade and export.

The team has tripled in size over the last five years, a period through which the company has seen sales grow 25% year on year.

Oakham’s Green Devil IPA was named Champion Cask Ale at The International Brewing Awards 2015.   

The cask beer has won fifteen gold medals and nineteen awards since it was launched five years ago.

Adrian Posnett, managing director of Oakham said: “With the continuing success of our core range and plans to expand our keg line-up for 2016, we wanted to ensure that all areas of the business had the additional support necessary to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver the high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us.  

“Despite tough competition with new breweries launching every week, I’m delighted to report that Oakham Ales has maintained steady growth in all areas and I’m confident that the new appointees will help us to continue to build on that success.”