Arran Brewery to increase team by 20

Arran Brewery to increase team by 20

Arran Brewery is set to expand its team with plans to recruit around 20 staff over the next 12 months.

The microbrewery, situated off the West Coast of Scotland, is bringing a new bottling line into operation, as well as setting its sights on an international market.

Arran Brewery operates from five sites in Scotland: Brodick and Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran,  Dreghorn near Irvine, Glasgow and St Fillans on Loch Earn and one site in England near Cambridge as well as having offices in the USA and Spain.   

There are currently vacancies at all sites.

Arran Brewery’s Managing Director, Gerald Michaluk  said: “We need skilled bottling line operators, engineers and sales staff  and hope to recruit them as soon as practical.  Our new bottling line has arrived from Italy and we are keen to get it installed and operational as soon as possible.

“It is imperative we get the right team in place as we expand and grow the business, but there is a shortage of great brewers, experienced and highly competent engineers, packaging professional as well as experienced drinks sales professionals in general and when you add this to working on an island or a remote location in Perthshire getting the right fit is difficult”.

To kick off its recruitment process the brewer has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Jason Addison as logistics manager and Eric Craig in key account sales.

A crowdfunding campaign in 2014 helped the firm to double its workforce from 15 to 30.

Arran Brewery plans to launch a second round of crowd funding to increase the rate at which the company is growing. 

 Mr Michaluk added: “We have invested heavily in infrastructure and now our focus is on human resources and finding finance to enable us to deliver our vision for Arran and its associated brands. Crowd Funding gives us a vehicle to achieve the required investment to grow the business.”