Robinsons brewery – a 180-year-old family run business from Stockport – reports a rise in turnover of 6.1% to a record £75.5m for the year ending 31 December 2018, compared with £71.2m the previous year. Profit before tax increased to £7.1m, compared with £3.2m last year.

The Stockport-based independent brewer and pub operator, which operates 255 pubs, inns and hotels across the North West, say this success was driven by record investment levels in recent years paying off, solid tenanted pub performance, and the continued progression of their evolving and growing managed house business.

Results were boosted by a strong trading performance in all areas of the business and effective management of costs. Specifically, sales in its 11-strong managed estate were up by 24.7% due to strategic acquisitions and an increased focus on food.