Wells & Young's is to make 15 worker redundant in response to the "most challenging beer market for over 20 years". The brewer said that the larger than expected duty rise on beer, material and energy costs and the economic downturn had left it with little choice. It has entered in to consultation with 15 members of staff as one of a number of cost saving initiatives to reduce overheads. “We have not taken these decisions lightly, and appreciate that this is an unsettling and worrying time for our employees," said Wells and Young’s Brewing Company managing director Nigel McNally. "However, we need to protect the future of the business for the majority of our employees and we will do all that we reasonably can to minimise the impact and support the employees who are affected by this announcement.”