Not-For-Profit Brewery up and Running with Help From Garbutt + Elliott



Ignition Brewery, a new London brewery that provides fulfilling employment and training to people with learning disabilities, is running smoothly thanks to assistance from Garbutt + Elliott, specialist brewery accountants in York and in Leeds.

As part of the relationship Matthew Grant, director at Garbutt + Elliott and brewing industry specialist, assisted the Ignition team by explaining the complex setup processes, answering questions both from within the organisation and from third parties, plus advising on how to become an official not-for-profit company.

Speaking about the partnership Nick O’Shea, Director at Ignition Brewery, said: “After working as a volunteer with the Lewisham branch of Mencap I realised that a key objective for many people with learning disabilities was to find a fulfilling job. With that goal, we set up Ignition Brewery to help our members find fulfilment, make great beers and to earn fair wage.

“The reality of setting up an organisation such as Ignition Brewery was not as easy as one may expect. There were numerous questions that needed answering and requests for information that we were not able to give. Fortunately Matthew Grant and his team were able to take the pressure off us and advised on a huge range of issues whilst we got to grips with starting the business.”

Ignition Brewery has just started commercial production and hopes to employ up to ten people with learning disabilities by the end of the year.  They will be paid the London living wage.

Matthew Grant commented: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with a business as societally active as Ignition Brewery. The company not only makes excellent beer, it substantially contributes to the local community and beyond. I look forward to working closely with Nick and his team in the future as they continue to grow and take on more staff.”

For more information, please contact Matthew Grant or – 01904 464 100

Garbutt + Elliott, Brewery Accountants in York and in Leeds