1 More Than 2 Brew in Portberry Street, South Shields, has signed up to the South Tyneside Pledge.
The first 'community brewery' in South Tyneside opened in September 2020 and prides itself on its partnerships with other independent businesses in the borough and wider region. Founder Chris Donovan has a firm belief in showcasing fellow South Tyneside businesses and ultimately keeping money within the local economy.
The Brewery works in partnership with South Shields Football Club as the sole provider of real ale at Mariners Park and has teamed up with Colman's to create the 1926 Blonde Ale, available exclusively at their restaurants. They're supporting the third sector too: to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Manchester bombings, they've created a Chloe and Liam Foundation-branded beer, raising the charity's profile and with all profits going to the Foundation.
Chris and his team hold a monthly business quiz so that organisations of all sizes can meet and network in a relaxed environment. The agenda is focused on what they can do to help each other and with an average of 18 teams each month, it is an excellent way to collaborate.
The brewery has also taken on a new starter through the Kickstart Scheme, which was put in place to create jobs for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Chris added: "It's important that we include the community to ensure we continue with our original philosophy of brewing beer South Tyneside can be proud of. Local partnerships and collaborations are also paramount to business success, and we are proud to champion our area and the wonderful businesses within it.
"Our whole ethos is that the Brewery becomes an institution that kickstarts new businesses and ideas, and allows the local community to dream a little bigger."
As part of ambitious growth plans, the brewery has diversified into events and has supported others into business.