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Derbyshire pub expands offering following funding boost

A pub in Chesterfield, Derbyshire has launched a significant expansion to its offering with the opening of six bed and breakfast rooms, thanks to funding from Enterprise Loans East Midlands.

Long time friends Andrew Watterson and Neil Turner, both born and raised in Chesterfield, developed the idea for The Crafty Dog after more than two decades of experience in the licence trade and identifying a gap in the market for a craft beer-led venue in the north Derbyshire area.

Claiming to have one of the largest collections of craft beer outside of London with more than 30 brews available, the pub in Chatsworth Road complements its wet-led offering with bar snacks, including burgers and sharing platters, and newly-refurbished B&B rooms. The Crafty Dog opened in autumn this year.

The Crafty Dog Chesterfield – interior

ELEM provided £50,000 in funding from its Start Up Loans fund, which enabled Neil and Andy to renovate and refurbish the former Red Lion pub, including the six B&B rooms upstairs – designed to be adaptable for both double, twin and family use – as well as a further two bedrooms earmarked for completion in early 2019.

Sukhveer Chirrimar, loan fund advisor at Enterprise Loans East Midlands, said: “We were thrilled to support Andrew and Neil with the funds they needed to take The Crafty Dog to the next level. They are both incredibly experienced in their own fields and complement each other’s skillsets very well.

“There is very little in the way of venues in Chesterfield that will offer the functionality that Neil and Andy are offering and I think this location will be suitably placed in the market to both attract new clients and showcase the natural beauty of the Derbyshire.”

“Our ultimate goal is to be able to roll out The Crafty Dog concept across multiple sites and we have structured the business specifically so it is scalable and our sites can support multiple income streams. Our next phase of expansion is to look to renovate our outside space – the future is bright for The Crafty Dog so watch this space.”

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