Brewery in Leeds closes doors as cost-of-living crisis hits

By Michelle Perrett

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Brewery in Leeds closes doors as cost-of-living crisis hits

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Nomadic Beers, the Leeds based brewery, has closed its doors citing the impact of the Covid pandemic and the increases in costs.

The news of the closure comes as last month organisations​ representing the UK’s independent brewers and beer consumers have called for urgent action on energy and support for the sector.

The brewer is the latest food and drink manufacturer to be hit by the increased costs of trading in the current crisis.

Moy Park, the poultry producer, is proposing to close its processing facility in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, with the potential loss​ of over 900 jobs.

Running costs

Pilgrim’s UK, the pork producer, is proposing to close​its Bury St Edmunds and Coalville site

Nomadic Beers was run by Dr Katie Marriott and Ross Nicholson, who revealed that they were forced to close the doors due to running costs. 

In a statement Nomadic Beers said: “After two tough years of Covid racking up debts, and the increasing costs of everything from utilities to ingredients, the brewery cannot continue to run.

“We’ve had a great five and a half years. Ross and I are so grateful to everyone who supported us from the beginning. Not only were we able to move into a bigger property which allowed us to open a taproom and expand our community, it also allowed us to include Harriet, Lars, and Ben as part of our team. We’re all devasted that Nomadic Beers can’t continue.​​

Energy crisis

Recently, concerns were raised by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) about Government plans to support businesses with the spiralling energy crisis. Rumours were that the Government would be unlikely to implement any measures until November.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Pubs and brewers will not be able to wait days, let alone months to get clarity on their energy bills. Many are making decisions now as to whether they will have to close this winter.​ We need urgent clarity on whether this cap will deliver for businesses and help them out of a crisis that has been building for months and urge the Chancellor to seriously consider what immediate reassurance he can give for the thousands of business owners currently in despair.”

 

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