Brewing up a business

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A former architects’ assistant has turned his passion into a successful business and launched a micro brewery with the support of the Convergence-funded Outset Cornwall programme.

Vaughan Haynes

Outset Cornwall supports under-represented groups to start their own businesses, the qualification being under 25; over 50s; long-term unemployed; disabled or ill health; anyone recently made redundant; black, minority or ethnic groups (BME) and single parents.

Vaughan Haynes had not only been made redundant from his architects’ assistant post but also suffered a serious motor accident, which meant getting back to work quickly became a real challenge. Whilst recovering from his accident, Vaughan was inspired to restart a former hobby of his – brewing real ale.

He contacted the Outset Cornwall team for advice on turning this passion into a successful business venture and soon launched St Agnes-based Hogswood Brewing Co.

He now produces a range of six regular cask ales – Stoked, Broken Piston, Goshen Ale, Black Boar Cornish Stout and North Shore IPA – which are sold in pubs from Newlyn to Sussex.

Haynes continually works to introduce new recipes for his seasonal and special ales that include “Yo Crimbo”, a Christmas ale and the latest two that are about to be launched, Harvest Moon, an ale made from green hops and ‘Ambiguous’, a dark IPA.

He said: “I found the course informative, very friendly and welcoming and in an informal environment. The programme content was delivered confidently and in a way that was easily understood and staff were easily accessible for individual consultation when necessary.”

Kate McEwen, Outset Cornwall programme director, added: “Vaughan has been an inspiration to many more Outset Cornwall clients who have come through the programme.

“It is a credit to Vaughan and all his hard work and dedication that Hogswood is now going from strength to strength.”