A company that claims to have created the UK's first ever low calorie, full strength lager has secured a £1.5m investment.

SkinnyBrands launched the beer at the end of 2016 and has listings in three of the major supermarkets.

The money will be used to further develop the brand in the UK market and fund new product development.

SkinnyBrands co-founder, Tom Bell, said: "When we launched SkinnyBrands 12 months ago we were confident we were going to innovate the alcohol sector and do something no company had done before.

''Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of calorie intake and the need to lead a healthier lifestyle, but no other alcohol brand had created a product that matched the consumers' needs without compromising on taste or strength."

Investors include former Goldman Sachs MD, Nigel Robinson, former Head of AB InBev's International Division, Ian Stephens as well as FatFace Founder, Tim Slade.