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Black Sheep Brewery plc (The)
Company Name:Black Sheep Brewery plc (The) Minimum fundraise:£0.00* High Share Price Bid:£2.50
Business Sector:Food and beverages Total Funds Bid to Date:- Low Share Price Bid:£1.30
Auction period:11 Aug 2022 - N/A Indicative Share Price:0.00 Average Share Price Bid:£1.78**
*The company will accept oversubscription.
**In the event of significant oversubscription, shares will be allocated to bids at the average price and above.

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Black Sheep Brewery plc (The)

Following the announcement from Black Sheep Brewery on the 2nd May 2023, trading in the shares has been suspended with immediate effect.

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Company info

The Black Sheep Brewery plc was established in 1992 by Paul Theakston. Following a takeover in the late eighties of the family brewing business, T&R Theakston, Paul decided to go against the grain and start a new independent brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire – Black Sheep. The name, coined by Paul’s wife Sue, was a nod to Masham’s sheep trading heritage as well as tongue in cheek as Paul struck out on his own. 

Black Sheep has grown strongly over the intervening years and established itself as one of the North of England and UK’s leading independent cask ale brewers with Black Sheep Best Bitter a leading nationally recognised cask beer, and Black Sheep Ale in bottle in the top 10 nationally by volume and value. In 2018 Black Sheep acquired York Brewery and their first pubs.

Auction details

The Black Sheep Brewery plc was admitted to trading on Asset Match on 16th January 2017.

Auctions are expected to be held at least quarterly and close at 3pm. Further auction dates will be announced in due course.

The tick size for this company is 1 pence per share.

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Auction instructions

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Key People

Rob Theakston Managing Director

Rob gained an Agricultural Degree from Harper Adams after leaving Sedbergh School, before moving on to gain a Post Graduate diploma in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot Watt in Edinburgh.

In between times and after this he spent ten years building industry experience across a number of businesses including The Beer Seller, Shepherd Neame and subsequently worked at Carlsberg as a brewer in Leeds. He returned to the Black Sheep fold in 2006 to head up Transport, Distribution and Tech Services.

After 2 yrs as Joint Managing Director with his father Paul, he took on the reigns of MD in 2013. He has also been involved in Black Sheep since it’s inception and worked across all areas of the business from delivering beer, to brewing to now MD.

He is married to Lara and has three boys.


Jo Theakston Export & Innovation Director

After leaving Sedbergh School in Cumbria, Jo gained a BSc French & Business Studies degree from Sheffield University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Birkbeck, University of London.

Also involved with Black Sheep since its inception working across the business in production and brewing roles, and delivery and sales. Following graduation he worked in London for 6 years with Charles Wells Brewery in a senior sales role on National Accounts, selling Corona, Kirin and Bombardier.

Jo returned to Black Sheep in 2008 to head up Take Home Sales before subsequently taking on the overall Sales & Marketing responsibility.

He is married to Liz and has two young boys and a daughter.


Charlene Lyons Chief Executive Officer

Charlene gained a first class honours degree in Business, Economics and Japanese and then joined a leading Management Consultancy firm in London, working within a variety of industries focussing mainly on strategy planning, scenario management and business operations.

Charlene is an accomplished management consultant and founder of Lyons Consultancy, a company that works nationally across many business sectors to deliver various solutions from change management and business restructuring to business strategy and marketing engagement. 

Charlene specifically focusses on strategy building, planning and direction, capability building and diversification having facilitated work on some high-profile projects, from SME’s to large corporates. Constantly exposed to exceptional people, all experiences and skills can be shared with new clients to maximise their efficiency and productivity.


As an Associate with various large organisations, Charlene works with various partners nationally to deliver work predominantly centred around strategic planning and implementation.

Her work within the public sector to date has largely entailed business planning, governance restructure, support and evaluation and working with many boards of trustees from charities to hospitals to ensure the needs of the organisation are fulfilled.

Charlene volunteers for several charities and serves as a Governor of a leading school.

Charlene is married to Ben and together they have three children.  As a family, they enjoy socialising, holidays, sport, nice food and most importantly having fun.