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Lakes Distillery expands team to keep up with demand

The Lakes Distillery has expanded its operations department for the second time in the last six months in order to keep up with demand.

Expansion at the Lakes Distillery will allow them to expand their head office team by 6

Expansion at the distillery’s offices in Newcastle will create space for six new appointments to its team across finance and sales.

Nigel Mills, founder and chairman of The Lakes Distillery, said: “We had an incredible year in 2017, where we welcomed many new shareholders to the business, all of whom join us on our exciting journey into 2018, and we also saw sales that smashed all our targets.

“As our team grows, the desks here in our Gosforth office are fast filling up, which is why we are having to expand operations for the second time in a year by refurbishing unused parts of the building.”

The Cumbria-based distillery produces a range of spirits and saw a surge in demand over the Christmas period, with sales boosted by its release of a range of Christmas baubles filled with gin, vodka and whisky.

Last year, The Lakes Distillery turned to crowdfunding to raise the capital required to expand its operations. As part of the move, over 2,500 people were able to buy a stake of a £1.75m share in the distillery.

The Lakes Distillery is preparing for a busy year, as it hopes to release four premium collections over the next 12 months, including Steel Bonnets, the world’s first English/Scotch blend, and its first ever single malt.

The distillery announced the news earlier this month, alongside the appointment of its founder, Nigel Mills, as a CBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.

Paul Currie, founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, said: “Everything we have worked on has been building up to 2018, where we can finally open the casks and create our first ever single malt. We have invested heavily in getting the distillery and warehousing up to the standard needed to create world class spirits, now it is necessary to invest in our administrative setup, to ensure that our operation can cope with the increasing demand we are seeing across all of our ranges.”

The Lakes Distillery started trading three years ago and has already produced 600,000 bottles of whisky worth £30 million at retail.

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