Dualling will help growing firm beat tide

Ian Robinson (top left), director of Alnwick Brewery, Alnwick Rum and Lindisfarne Winery, at the meeting with David Cameron and representatives of other Northumberland businesses.
Ian Robinson (top left), director of Alnwick Brewery, Alnwick Rum and Lindisfarne Winery, at the meeting with David Cameron and representatives of other Northumberland businesses.

Three of Northumberland’s most successful drinks companies, including the winery based on Lindisfarne, have welcomed the boost that the promised dualling of the A1 will bring to business.

Ian Robinson, a director of Lindisfarne Winery, home of the famous Lindisfarne Mead, Alnwick Brewery and Alnwick Rum, was one of a number of Northumberland business leaders given an opportunity to meet David Cameron and outline in person how the £290million scheme would benefit the county’s business community.

“There is no doubt that dualling the A1 will help all three of our businesses considerably,” he said.

“At Lindisfarne Winery, we face the additional challenge of the tide limiting our access over the causeway to the island.

“If our couriers or tourists are delayed and miss the safe crossing time then there is nothing we can do and business can be lost.

“We are expecting sales there to grow substantially during 2015 including export contracts in a number of Scandinavian countries and the USA that are now at an advanced stage.

“We have taken on four new local employees recently and are looking to the future with confidence.

“Knowing that the A1 scheme will now go ahead so our goods can be moved more efficiently and the thousands of visitors who come to Northumberland will have an easier and more reliable journey is very welcome news for all three of our businesses,”