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Durham Distillery


Durham Gin is a small-batch craft distillery that creates spirits using a 400-litre copper pot.  The company, which is now one of the region’s leading craft distillers, produces gin, vodka and gin-based liqueurs sold under the Durham Gin and Durham Vodka brands.

Loan amount



Langley Park

Funding Need

Early Stage



Maven took time to understand our business and our particular needs thoroughly, tailoring the investment to support our growth strategy

Jon Chadwick
Founder of Durham Distillery

Growth Journey

Jon Chadwick founded the business after enjoying craft spirits along America’s East Coast, Ivy League University towns. Jon put his skills to use setting up the North-East’s first distillery in his hometown of Durham, initially launching the distillery with its signature, Durham Gin.

Cemented within the roots of Durham, the company’s brand incorporates elements of the city, the logo was inspired by Durham Cathedral’s Medieval Rose Window and colour palette complements the ecclesiastical purple from the Bishop’s vestments.

The business is set to become a tenant of the £30m new leisure quarter, in the heart of Durham, to house an enlarged production and storage facility, and visitor centre where people can learn about the science of the distilling process and craft behind their making.

As part of plans to become a tourist destination, the visitor centre will host a range of informative and interactive tours, showcasing the distillery’s finest drinks by the glass or bottle through public and private events; all with the impressive backdrop of its working distillery.

The UK Gin market is now worth over £1 billion and is expected to rise to £1.3 billion by 2020. According to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), UK gin sales and exports in 2018 were worth more than £2.7bn. The spirit market has enjoyed stellar growth as consumer tastes have shifted towards craft alcohol, favouring smaller, independent producers. Just last year, sales of gin in the UK increased by 16%, equating to 43 million bottles sold across the country.

Could Finance Durham help fund your growth journey?

If you’re running a business that’s looking to grow, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to give us a call to find out more about our flexible funding solutions:

0191 731 8595


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