BrewDog sacked its first finance director in January 2010

BrewDog sacked its first finance director in January 2010

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has appointed a new finance director 19 months after it parted ways with its first.

New FD Neil Simpson started in the post last week and will help the brewer “sets its sights on continued growth at home and abroad”, BrewDog said today (14 Aug). Simpson previously worked for accountancy firm Ritson Smith and has advised BrewDog since its launch five years ago.

BrewDog's first finance head, Ian Hope, was installed in January 2010, but left the company after two weeks due to personal differences, a BrewDog spokesperson told just-drinks.

The company, which says it has increased sales by 250% this year, claims to be Scotland's largest independent brewer.

Last week, it signed a deal to open a BrewDog-branded bar in Stockholm, its first outside the UK. The spokesperson said the company is discussing further global expansion, but has no definite plans.

In October, the firm will open two new bars, in Birmingham and Bristol. 

The brewer also announced today it is in the final stages of building a GBP8m (US$12.5m) production facility in Ellon, near Aberdeen.