Former Vaux boss takes over helm of struggling Jarrow Brewery

Frank Nicholson with  Jess and Alison McConnell, right.
Frank Nicholson with Jess and Alison McConnell, right.

THE struggling Jarrow Brewery has a new man at the helm.

The firm went into liquidation last week, but a new company has now been created – and former Vaux Breweries managing director Frank Nicholson appointed chairman.

The company blamed a lack of promised investment for last week’s decision – but Frank is confident the future is bright.

He had been delighted to answer managing director Jess Mcconell’s appeal for help.

“I have known Jess McConnell for years,” he said.

“We met when he was a Vaux licensee all this years ago and the pub next to where he built his first brewery was a Vaux pub.

“They have had their problems but I have to say I hope very much I will be able to help them develop. It is a good brewery with good brands and some good pubs.”

Frank had been concerned that small traders and staff would be affected by the liquidation but only the taxman would lose out:

“I was very anxious small traders would be affected but I am satisfied that is not the case,” he said.

“The wages have been paid, the suppliers of the malt, the suppliers of the casks and hops have all been paid.”

More than 15 years since his attempted management buy-out of Vaux was rejected, Frank is delighted to be involved in North East brewing again.

“There is scarcely two or three hours a day that go by when I don’t think about what might have been,” he said.

“I am delighted to be moving back into brewing.”

Jess McConnell said: “We are extremely proud that Frank has agreed to join the Board as our new chairman and we are convinced that with his assistance and leadership as well as his contacts within the brewing and local industries we will now be able to focus very successfully on developing the brewery and selling even more of our award-winning ales on a local, national and international platform.”