Raise a glass to local business success
Launched in 2010 by husband and wife team Annika and Gavin Meiklejohn, the company was originally based in the Borders town of Kelso. However with a shortage of space in their existing brewery and with plans to grow the business, the couple decided to research alternative sites which would allow the company to reach its full potential.
After reviewing a range of locations, a site at Tweedbank Industrial Estate became available. Just a six minute walk from Tweedbank Station, the location meant that they could more easily facilitate regular brewery-based events, and it has helped them to attract staff from the Central Belt that wouldn’t have considered the company previously due to its location.
Annika explains the impact that the move has had on the business: “Our existing site was restricting business growth so we were faced with the challenge of finding a location big enough to allow for increased beer production while also looking for somewhere that made it easy for our suppliers and staff from outside of the region to travel to.
“With the new railway opening at Tweedbank the decision to set up there was easy. We relocated in 2015 and it was the best move we could have made. We’ve gone from brewing 2,500 hectolitre of beer a year to just under 5,000 hectolitres.
“We’ve also been able to expand the team and have grown from having three members of staff, including Gavin, to 13 full time employees. A key member of team uses the railway to commute from Glasgow three days a week and she just wouldn’t have been able to work with us if we hadn’t been located on the Borders Railway route.
“The location has opened up our business, and the Scottish Borders, to many of our contacts from further afield. As well as staff regularly using the service, suppliers also use the train to come to meetings and we were recently able to hold our first ever beer festival. The majority of attendees arrived by train and it has definitely made the Scottish Borders a more attractive place to live and work.”