THE Lakes Distillery is hoping to see a 70% growth in the production of it's single malt whisky over the next six months after the re-engagement of its capital expenditure project with the Secure Trust Bank.

The Bassenthwaite company was forced to temporarily put a stop to the project in March last year after the pandemic hit the UK, aswell as being forced to close hospitality offerings.

Despite these immediate changes, the distillery was able to continue its production of single malt whisky, due to the flexibility of its agreement with Secure Trust Bank.

The business saw e-commerce increase by 180% from 2019 and prioritised the platform as a way to sell products, however looks forward to re-engaging with the programme which is expected to see great increase in whiskey production for the company.

Two premium and limited release products, The Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker's Reserve No.3 and The Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker's Editions – Colheita, have already sold out.

David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer at The Lakes Distillery, said: “The past year has been incredibly difficult, especially for businesses in the hospitality and F&B sector. Having the support of the team at Secure Trust Bank has allowed us to push forward with plans that are essential for the growth of our business long term, such as our capacity expansion plans. We’re very pleased to see this begin to pay off with such a large increase in production year-on-year expected in 2021"