Tom Sutcliffe advises Sonas Capital on the acquisition of Acorn Brewery

Tom Sutcliffe, corporate lawyer specialising in corporate mergers, sales, acquisitions, MBOs/MBIs, and corporate restructuring, recently advised Sonas Capital on the acquisition of Barnesly-based Acorn Brewery, alongside Guy Bartlett from Fidelis Advisory.

Barnsley-based Acorn Brewery, a 20-year-old business, is gearing up for growth with a change in ownership. The brewery has the capacity to produce 170 brewers-barrels per week, amounting to an annual turnover of £1 million.

Directors Dave and Christy Hughes have determined that new ownership is essential for the brewery’s progress. The brewery has been acquired by Sonas Capital, a Greater Manchester-based company with expertise in fostering successful SMEs. This transition ensures job security for the seven-strong brewery team and opens the door for hiring a new general manager.

While Dave Hughes will continue in a consultancy role, Christy Hughes will retire due to recent health concerns.

Under the new ownership, Acorn Brewery’s legacy of supplying outlets across the North of England remains intact. The core of their business is cask-conditioned ale, with an expansion into bottled and keg beers.

Brendan Fitzpatrick from Sonas Capital highlights Acorn’s reputation and sees it as a valuable addition to their portfolio. The focus will be on investment, robust marketing, and navigating industry challenges. Dave Hughes will transition to a more technical and creative role alongside the brewing team.

The deal also involved Brian McCann, Angela Downey from Shareholder Strategies, and Ryan Marr from Jolliffes Solicitors advising Acorn.