Thwaites has ended fears that it could be moving from East Lancashire by highlighting a site for a new brewery and headquarters in Blackburn.
The brewer was founded by Daniel Thwaites in 1807 and has remained in the town ever since. There had been speculation that it could move from the region but those fears have now been alleviated. The company announced that it will relocate from its Blackburn town centre site four miles to Sykes Holt at Mellor Brook, just off the A59.
Staying in Blackburn was a key priority for the company and the announcement has also helped to safeguard 320 jobs. Richard Bailey, Thwaites' chief executive officer, explained that the purchase of the site will take six months to complete during which time the current owners will be allowed to leave the premises. He added that it was highly important for Thwaites to remain in a town which it has been operating out of for 200 years.
Mr Bailey said: "I am very pleased that we have been able to find a site that is only a few miles away, where we will continue to employ over 200 people in our head office across our brewery, pubs, inns and hotels. Our distribution team of 120 people will be staying where they are at our existing depot in Blackburn for the foreseeable future."
The announcement was met with relief by Blackburn MP Jack Straw who was pleased that Thwaites would be remaining in the town. He praised the Yerburgh family, who currently own the company, for being able to ensure that Thwaites has managed to thrive while other breweries have had to close their doors.
Relocations of famous brands has been a common theme in the north of England. Boddingtons Brewery closed its iconic Manchester brewery in 2005 and moved operations to South Wales, despite being in the city since 1853.