Nick O’Shea

Founder of Ignition, a south London brewery and not for profit which employs and trains people with learning disabilities to brew great beer and showcase their talents and skills.

Learning Disabilities
Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.

Previous talks at Being The Story

More Beer, More Jobs – a Brewery with a Difference

Nick O’Shea is the Founder of Ignition Brewery. Ignition is a vibrant, south London brewery which employs and trains people with learning disabilities to brew great beer.

The ethos at Ignition Brewery is simple: The team have a lot to offer and with the right support and care, they can make beer that competes on the open market and satisfies the thirst of any customer!
The journey to deliver this in practice has been complex: trying to convince the social care sector to support the development of the company, whilst creating beers that can survive in the London Market has been tricky and required more resilience and ‘bloody-mindedness’ than Nick ever thought would be needed.
Nick shared what it takes to have a new idea and implement it. How to maintain composure and hope, whilst resisting a fridge full of beer.
A brewery with a difference
Nick has been supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Ideas and Pioneers Fund. Paul Hamlyn Foundation were a Being the Story Partner