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Yorkshire distillery brews up plan to raise £500k for funding of new premises

A Yorkshire distillery has announced that it is launching a community project to fund the construction of its new premises.

Whitby Distillery, in North Yorkshire, is launching the Founders Club, which it hopes will raise £500k towards the cost of its new eco-build distillery.

The company, which is the maker of Whitby Gin and has products stocked in more than 400 outlets across the UK, is starting work on the £1.5m distillery in January.

Luke Pentith commented: “The Founders Club is an essential part of our new project.

“Whilst some of the build cost of the distillery will come from more traditional sources, we are looking to create a Whitby Distillery community, who will share in our whole exciting journey.

“We hope this community will play a crucial role in helping our dream to become a reality, whilst enjoying a whole range of benefits which will appeal to gin drinkers across the country, including shaping the taste of our future gins.

“Our aim is to raise £500k, which would enable us to complete the distillery and the visitor centre in good time next year.

“We have already floated the idea of a Founders Club to our friends and supporters and it has been received really well. Now it’s time to launch it to a wider audience in the UK.

“Club members will become part of Whitby’s story, helping to bring new business to the area and creating jobs for local people and putting spirit back.

“New ideas and adventures have always been launched along this rugged coast and this is an amazing opportunity to be part of one of them.

“Whether you’re a gin enthusiast, or looking to invest in a slice of Whitby’s heritage, we’ve got a membership package to suit.”

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