Border Railway is helping Scottish Brewery of the Year to succeed

October 2017
  • Tempest Brewery’s proximity of a local station has helped towards a continued growth in sales, with 70% of regular brewery-based event attendees arriving by rail.
  • Accessibility of rail has attracted staff.
  • Rail has connected the brewery with local suppliers.

Border Railway is revitalising the economies of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh, offering fantastic opportunities for business, investment and employment.

Businesses like Scottish Brewery of the Year, Tempest Brewing Co, which has accrued numerous trade and business awards since moving to Tweedback from Kelso in 2015.

Husband and wife team Annika and Gavin Meiklejohn said being a six-minute walk from Tweedbank Station was one of the deciding factors for moving from Kelso. The local Border Rail connection means they can easily facilitate regular brewery-based events for up to 1,000 attendees, with 70% of those arriving by rail.

The easier commute has helped to attract staff from the Central Belt that wouldn’t have considered the company previously due to its location. The connection to the city has also enabled the brewer to hold regular supplier and other business meetings either at the brewery or in the city.

Owners say the continued growth of the company is largely thanks to the proximity of the railway and the connections it offers.the tax payer is minimal and the financial benefits will be shared. In practice, this means that Resonate are picking up much of the costs to install and run the system. If reactionary delays reduce as predicted, current compensation fees paid by Network Rail will also shrink and the money saved will be shared between Network Rail and Resonate..

Abellio’s £1.4bn investment pledge will improve services between London’s Liverpool Street and stations in the east of England including Norwich, Cambridge and Stansted airport. These improvements promise to cut journey times by 10%, improve operational performance and install free Wi-Fi on trains and at stations.

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