Featuring on the league table for a record sixth year, with sales up 61% to £71.9m in 2016, Scotland’s largest independent brewery was valued at £1bn in April when it sold a 22% stake to US private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners for £213m. Since James Watt and Martin Dickie, both 35, started the business 10 years ago, it has opened nearly 50 bars as far afield as Brazil and Japan, and it exports craft beer, such as its top-selling Punk IPA, to more than 60 countries. In August it announced plans to give away 20% of profits each year to charity and its employees; and in October it launched a fifth crowdfunding round with a minimum target of £10m.
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