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The West Berkshire Brewery plc
Company Name:The West Berkshire Brewery plc Minimum fundraise:£0.00* High Share Price Bid:£0.00
Business Sector:Food and beverages Total Funds Bid to Date:- Low Share Price Bid:£0.00
Auction period:N/A - N/A Indicative Share Price:0.00 Average Share Price Bid:£0.00**
*The company will accept oversubscription.
**In the event of significant oversubscription, shares will be allocated to bids at the average price and above.

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The West Berkshire Brewery plc

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The West Berkshire Brewery Company has entered into an agreement with Asset Match to facilitate electronic trading of WBB’s Ordinary Shares. Asset Match will assist the company in the procurement of an ISIN number and arrange registrar facilities to become CREST eligible. These provisions will ease settlement and the administration involved in running the share register, shareholder meetings, forms of proxy, and any dividend payments if made.

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Company info

The West Berkshire Brewery plc is an independent brewery founded in 1995 by Dave and Helen Maggs situated in Yattendon, Berkshire from where it currently produces a range of eight different beers and cask-conditioned ales including the Company’s flagship beer, Good Old Boy, as well as regular speciality beers, all of which are available throughout southern England either on draught or in bottles or both. Currently, the Company’s customers include free houses, Enterprise Inns, Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason and Reading Football Club.

The Company’s beers and ales, some of which celebrate local characters of Berkshire, have won over 40 awards, seven of which have been won in 2014.

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Key People


David Bruce Chairman

David’s forty-eight year entrepreneurial career in the international brewing industry and licensed trade started in 1966 when he joined Courage, Barclay & Simonds in Reading, Berkshire, as a brewery management trainee. Having learnt to brew, he became the Brewer and Sales Manager at Theakston’s Brewery in Yorkshire before co-founding not only Bruce’s Brewery and the Firkin Pubs in 1979 but also the Small Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) in 1980.

Having sold Bruce’s Brewery and the Firkin Pubs for £6.6 million before the age of forty, David became a co-founder and investor in a number of start-up breweries in Paris, Brooklyn, Denver and Seattle before returning to the UK to develop his pub interests.

In 1993, David became the largest private shareholder in Grosvenor Inns PLC and, as Development and Marketing Director, was responsible for rolling out The Slug & Lettuce chain of branded bars. In December 2000, David co-founded with Clive Watson (and became Chief Executive of) The Capital Pub Company PLC, which raised over £15 million under the Enterprise Investment Scheme, was floated on AIM in 2007 and was sold in July 2011 to Greene King for an enterprise value of £93million. This provided the original Enterprise Investment Scheme investors with a threefold return on their net of tax investment.

In November 2006, David became a founding investor in the Enterprise Investment Scheme-funded Country Food & Dining group of companies of which he is Chairman. To date, this group of companies has raised over £7.5 million which has been invested in eight farm shops, providing primarily locally-sourced produce and food and drink retailing through on-site cafés.

In October 2011, again with CliveWatson, David co-founded and became Chairman of The City Pub Company (East) PLC and The City Pub Company (West) PLC which have, between them, raised £8 million under the Enterprise Investment Scheme, and currently own seventeen free houses, including three microbreweries, between Bath and Norwich via London and Brighton.


Thomas Lucas Managing Director

Tom is an ACCA qualified accountant. He joined WBB in 2008 and has a thorough understanding of all aspects of the business, having played an important role in the Company’s development over the last two years.


Simon Robertson-Macleod Non-Executive Director

Simon has been involved in the drinks industry for over forty years. Having worked for Martell in Cognac and Deinhard in Koblenz, he joined Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in November 1973 and stayed with them for twenty-two years, his last role being Director of Major Accounts for William Younger & Company. He joined Fuller’s in October 1995 as National Accounts Controller (Brewers and Multiple Pub Groups) and retired in 2013 having overseen a growth of 400 per cent. in sales of cask London Pride. Simon is also a non-executive director of Ossett Brewery in Yorkshire.


Andrew Dickson Production Director