Northern Monk

We’re an independent brewery based in Leeds, combining the best of traditional monastic brewing values with a progressive approach to ingredients and techniques.
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This Leeds brewing company lost business during the pandemic but it is nothing if not enterprising. It doesn't just sell beer (and lots of it) on its website, you can also buy Northern Monk socks and, for your car, Fresh from the North air freshener.

Russell Bisset got the idea for the business, inspired in part by the monastic brewing tradition in northern England, after his grandmother sold her house and gifted him £5,000 in 2013. Northern Monk now makes up to seven times as much beer in one day as it during the whole of that year.

In 2014 it found and renovated a listed mill building just outside the centre of Leeds to house a brewery, tap room and events space, securing nationwide distribution within months of launch. It grew with the help of crowdfunding, hitting its initial £500,000 target and eventually raising £1.5m in less than a fortnight in 2018.

Northern Monk now has a workforce of 70 and sites in Leeds and Manchester. It encourages a collective spirit and took action to look after its staff when coronavirus arrived last year. Among other initiatives it started a partnership with the wellbeing specialists Sanctus, offering free mental health support to its employees.

In 2019 the company created the For The North foundation to support inspiring causes, businesses, charities and projects in the region. It later changed its name to Faith in Futures.

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Leadership

88% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The company is investing in the Northern Monk Campus for its workforce, with its own skate park, a CrossFit gym, walking meeting track and on-site Refectory (otherwise known as a bar). It is being designed as an enjoyable, rewarding space with green-focused features.

Fair Deal

60% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

When the business hits a financial target for the first time, it produces a piece of commemorative merchandise for the team. In 2019 it gave out Northern Monk-branded Nike AM1s. Last year employees voted for a bespoke overshirt so it worked with McNair in Huddersfield to produce them.

Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Each quarter, Northern Monk changes its social mission, setting the agenda for all of its charitable donations for the next period, which ends with the donation of a £5,000 grant to a relevant cause. Its current mission is the environment and it intends to plant 15,000 trees.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2013
Total number of employees
3
Number of UK locations
30
Employee average age
61% : 39%
Male : Female employee ratio
12%
Employees earning £35k+
20%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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