Grimsby is set to get a new brewery courtesy of Axholme Brewing Company.

The company acquired the St Barnabas Church on King Edward Street last year and it also secured a grant of £54,000 from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s £8m ‘Growing The Humber’ programme, which is supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund. The scheme offers business investment grants to help grow SEM businesses in the region. Alongside asset finance and investment from one of the business owners, the funding brings the project’s total spend to £200,000.

Director, Will Douglas, said: “It is awesome to see works begin on site and to see the first pictures of the new tanks being specially made for this building. We are investing substantially in much bigger brewing kit than we have in Crowle because the demand for our beer has outstripped out ability to supply customers.

“The Humber LEP grant funding was vital because it unlocked bigger and more efficient equipment which makes us more future proofed, and more environmentally sustainable. We should be up and running in August. With our increased production capacity, we can build on the success of last year, create jobs in the area and lay the foundations for a bumper 2018/9.”

Axholme Brewing is also “reaching a point where it can recruit”, according to Douglas, with a driver and sales assistant expected to be the first vacancies listed.