J.W. Lees is a sixth generation family-owned brewery company founded in 1828 by retired cottom manufacturer John Lees.

The head office is based in Middleton and across their brewery site, 42 managed pubs, inns, hotels and a wine merchants, they employ over 1300 people across the North of England and Wales. 

Additionally they also let a further 105 pubs to their Pub Partners.