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Alphabet Brewing Limited enters into administration

Paul Stanley Of Begbies Traynor
Date Published: 19/04/2023

Administrators from Begbies Traynor have been appointed for Manchester-based craft ale brewer and taproom Alphabet Brewing Company.

The business, which has been trading for over a decade, has experienced financial difficulties in recent months and has entered into administration. According to its latest set of company accounts, Alphabet turned over £500,000 and employed 12 people.

Alphabet Brewing Company was launched in 2014 and produced a range of craft beers and ales. The brewery has won numerous awards for its products, which are sold in bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout the region.

Some of the popular names of the beers that Alphabet Brewery stocks include "Charlie Don't Surf", "Flat White", "A to the K", "Juice Springsteen", "Notorious BIG", and "Hoi Polloi".

Paul Stanley and Jason Greenhalgh of Begbies Traynor were appointed as the Joint Administrators of Alphabet Brewing Limited on 14 April 2023. The pair also acted in the 2022 administration of Manchester-based brewer Beatnikz Republic as well as the administration of Liverpool Organic Brewery.

Paul Stanley, Regional Managing Partner at Begbies Traynor said:

“After exploring all the options available the directors took the decision to place the company into administration. We’re currently working on maximising the return for creditors. Alphabet Brewing Company is a well-respected brand  that has played an important role in the craft beer scene in Manchester.

“The regional craft ale industry faces huge challenges. Not only because of the inflation in the cost of raw materials and energy but the competition from multinational beer companies who have the ability to buy emerging brands and flood the market with them by producing them on a national scale. I’m certain more breweries face the same challenges as Alphabet.”

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Paul qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987 with Arthur Andersen an international accounting practice. He worked on audits, management consultancy and buy out due diligence before specialising in insolvency and investigations. In 1990 he was granted an insolvency licence by ICAEW.

He worked on the Robert Maxwell private company administrations in the Middle East in the early nineties and developed strong banking relationships. In 1993 he joined up again with ex-Andersen's colleague Ric Traynor as Ric's first partner in the firm which later changed its name to Begbies Traynor. Paul acts as managing partner in the Manchester office and sits on both the firm's management and technical committees. He has a reputation as a straight-talking, honest advisor who is both technically strong and commercial.

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