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Brian Simpson has long been at the forefront of Northallerton’s bar scene. In 1994 he converted a furniture store to create the Tanner Hop, which is still a successful business trading as The Tithe Bar, and in 1999 he took on the Station Hotel.
Brian then moved overseas before returning to open his latest venture The Little Tanner.
Nestled in an alleyway off the high street the Little Tanner opens into bustling bar featuring live music from local bands and a wide selection of real ales.
Brian was able to open The Little Tanner after he was pointed towards a Start Up Loan from the Business Enterprise Fund. Investment Manager Julie Micklethwaite saw the potential in Brian’s venture.
“He clearly knew the industry and the area very well. Often small businesses need that financial boost to help get the ball rolling” Julie said.
Brian is proud to remain independent from breweries, allowing him to stock the best local beers.
“There’s a massive choice when it comes to local beer. From where we are I can pull in beers from Teesside, York and Ripon easily. We also received a commendation from CAMRA which I’m delighted at.” Brian said.
During the summer months the bar draws in a constant flow of customers who enjoy the outdoor seating while in the winter the bar assumes place as a cosy hideaway.
“It can be non-stop at the weekends, we’re one of the busiest places in town. I have 3 to run alongside me and my wife.”
Looking forward, Brian hopes to offer authentic Thai street food thanks his wife. He also has an eye out for a potential second bar.
“Julie’s been excellent and was very quick to respond. We may come back again soon if an opportunity comes up for another place!”
About Business Enterprise Fund
The Business Enterprise Fund is a social enterprise that lends money to businesses in West & North Yorkshire & the North East, who are unable to get lending from the banks. As a social enterprise there are no share holders – all profits generated are reinvested into the business.
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