Brewery boss denies take-over rumours

Batemans Brewery MD Stuart Bateman has denied rumours that the four-generation family business is up for sale.

He says: “There are no plans to sell the business. Batemans is a proud family firm and we believe it always will be. The last generation of the Bateman family spent three years in the mid-1980s fighting to keep it an independent family brewery, rather than cashing in and giving up, and this is how we will continue. Our fifth generation is already supporting the business during the school holidays, in preparation to lead the brewery themselves one day.

“Batemans Brewery is in no way looking to be sold to an external stakeholder, and we want to reassure any of our customers or tenants who may heard, and been concerned by, any rumours. While the market remains challenging, 2016 is a very exciting year for us, as we have plans to acquire new sites to join our recent acquisition near Rotherham, as well as a comprehensive investment programme for our existing pubs. The development of our sales team last month will also prove key to our ongoing success; we expect our forecasted trade to increase by around ten per cent as a result of this.”

Batemans is a family brewer based in Lincolnshire. It has brewed beer from its Brewery in Wainfleet since 1874, and has 60 plus pubs in its estate, predominately based in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire Dales, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Batemans brews four permanent cask beers, as well as a monthly seasonal beer. It offers a wide selection of bottled beers, which are available to buy online and in supermarkets across the UK.