New Development Proposal
The proposed site for the development is the former council offices in Lloyd Street. The current plans would see the distillery, along with a visitor’s centre, open in 2021 – though it is still subject to planning permission.
The support from the government comes in the form of a £1.4 million offering in funding from the Tourism Investment Support Scheme and Food Business Investment Scheme.
Announcing the proposal, Stephen Davies – Chief Executive of Penderyn Distillery – said: “We believe the distillery will allow us to introduce unique and innovative single malt whiskies, distilled in North Wales, as well as providing an attraction that will complement the already vibrant and diverse tourism scene in North Wales, and contribute towards extending the visitor season further. With our funding package now in place, we will be developing our proposals further over the coming months and engaging with stakeholders and the local community as we prepare our planning application.”
This is not the only move that the company has planned. They have already announced a decision to open a third site in Swansea, which will not happen until 2022. If you are interested in working with a distillery, there will be plenty of opportunities in Wales over the next few years – check out our job listings here to keep an eye on what is available.
Great Example for Global Reputation
Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, said: “Penderyn is a great example of how the Welsh food and drinks sector is thriving and gaining a global reputation. I’m pleased that we have been able to support Penderyn to develop their business enabling people across Wales and the UK to find out more and sample this award-winning product.”
The Welsh Whisky Company has been working on gaining a reputation under the Penderyn brand since March 2004. The single malt whisky has found a market in China, Russia, and Australia as well as at home.
It has not yet been made clear exactly how many jobs will be created at each of the sites, but you can sign up for our job alerts here to be made aware immediately if something in your niche comes up. There are sure to be manufacturing roles available, and it is also possible that executive or management positions may be created at the sites. Whether the company will send existing employees to the new sites or start completely afresh remains to be seen.
Either way, this is good news for the Welsh manufacturing industry in general, and the food and drink sector in particular. The success of the three sites will create plenty of local opportunities as well as raising awareness of Welsh export brands.