Business briefs: Brewdog’s Brum bar opens its doors | Miller Construction | BAE-US Navy contract

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BrewDog, the Fraserburgh-based brewer, has officially opened its tenth UK “craft beer bar”, in Birmingham.

The new pub will be the last opening of 2012, a year in which BrewDog has launched five bars.

BrewDog chief executive James Watt said: “As with any revolution, it needs the support of the masses and with the opening of BrewDog Birmingham, we can now say we are a step closer to having a physical presence in all the major cities in the UK.”

The plans involve opening a further ten bars in the UK in 2013, bring the total to 20.

Miller Construction appoints director

Quantity surveyor David Leishman has joined Miller Construction as commercial director for the company’s Scottish operations.

He has more than 30 years’ experience working in the Scottish construction industry and joins Edinburgh-based Miller from Forth Electrical Facilities Management.

He said: “This is an exciting time to join the company, as we plan and build for the future.”

Miller’s construction division fell to a loss of £800,000 last year, which the firm attributed to higher business development spending.

BAE wins £249m US navy contract

DEFENCE giant BAE Systems yesterday landed a $400 million (£249m) contract to maintain and service more than 300 training aircraft for the United States navy.

BAE said the contract – which covers inspections, repairs and logistical support for the navy’s T-34, T-44 and T-6 trainer aircraft – would help it expand its services business.

Analysts said that the deal – which could last for up to five years – was a major win for BAE, which beat incumbent Sikorsky Aircraft and L-3 Communications to secure the agreement.

BAE edged up 0.2p to 339.1p.