Profits up at Lancashire businesses

EuroGarages and Moorhouse’s Brewery have seen sales rise over the last 12 months.

The Burnley brewer, established in 1865, capped its biggest ever year by shifting 500,000 more pints in October 2012 than in October 2011.

The last year also marked the opening of a new £4.2m site which is capable of producing 1,000 barrels per week. The property includes a visitors’ centre, which was particularly busy during the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials.

Meanwhile, forecourt operator EuroGarages saw sales rise 3 per cent to £314m. Non-fuel revenues topped £55m, with on-site Spar stores increasing takings by 2.5 per cent and food franchises, including Subway, Starbucks and Burger King, all increasing by more than 10 per cent.

Altogether, EuroGarages profits increased to £13m for the 12 months to July 31, 2012, a period which saw the company create 350 new jobs in the UK.