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8th December 2020

BGF invests £7.7m in Cooplands Expansion

BGF has made a further substantial investment in the expansion of Yorkshire-headquartered bakery business, Cooplands, as the 135-year-old business looks ahead to its next chapter of growth. 

Three years after BGF’s initial £8.5m investment, the business has grown to more than 165 stores, 12 cafes and 36 sandwich vans. Cooplands has opened seven new stores since March 2020 and plans to roll-out an additional 30 stores a year in locations such as South Yorkshire, as well as expanding further in the current geographical footprint. 

2nd December 2020

Alcoholic tea creators raise a glass to £1.4m investment

Two former Newcastle University students who developed a unique range of alcoholic tea drinks have raised £1.4m from investors to help them further expand their business.  NOVELTEA has already proved popular with customers in the UK, Germany and also China. The funding will allow founders Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia to target new overseas markets, expand their product range and create 20 new jobs at the company’s base in Newcastle.

1st December 2020

IW Capital invests £3.7m in Hove community hub Rockwater

Small business specialist investor IW Capital has completed a £3.7million investment into Rockwater Hove, a community driven hospitality venue on Hove’s seafront. Testament to its community ethos, over £1million of the funding was raised by local residents, many of whom have already been customers over the summer. 

28th October 2020

Diago to acquire Chase Distillery

Diageo has announced it has reached agreement to acquire BGF portfolio company Chase Distillery, the owner of Chase GB Gin and the award-winning Chase Original Potato Vodka. 

5th October 2020

Better Origin secures government funding to scale cutting-edge insect processing platform

A £10 million funding package from the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will help to scale the insect bioconversion sector, accelerating the transition to sustainable methods of farming.

As part of the project consortium, Better Origin will use the funding to focus on scaling their insect processing and value extraction technology to convert insects into products such as animal feed and human food. A result of years of research and development, their patented ‘Metamorphosis Technology’, which processes insects into different products, represents the most cost-effective,tailored processing line developed to date.

28th September 2020

Lyre's closes £9m seed round

The world’s most awarded non-alcoholic spirits company, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co. has successfully closed a £9m seed round

3rd September 2020

NorthEdge supports new canning facility investment for Clearly Drinks

Private equity-backed soft drinks manufacturer Clearly Drinks is to invest in a new canning facility at its Sunderland headquarters following support from NorthEdge.  The multi-million-pound investment is set to provide state-of-the-art canning capabilities, designed by BW Integrated Systems, allowing Clearly Drinks to manufacture 160 million cans each year. This will enhance Clearly Drinks’ product offering and packaging flexibility, allowing it to widen its customer base which currently includes Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Booker and One Stop. 

2nd September 2020

Porky Whites sizzles with funding from independent lender, IGF

In November last year, Porky Whites, a premium British sausage brand that had been running since 1935, was at the brink of collapse. Independent Growth Finance (IGF) provided £750,000 of funding to the company after Porky Whites had been let down by its bank. This ensured that the family-owned business was in a position not only to survive, but to thrive.  IGF provides asset-based lending, which allows businesses to draw on the value of their own machinery, property and stock. 

 

31st July 2020

Green Angel Syndicate completes deal with Good Club

 

Green Angel Syndicate has completed an investment in online, sustainable grocer, Good Club, as part of a £900k raise. Good Club is an online grocer, selling over 2,000 sustainable staples (70% ambient food, 30% non-food), delivered to consumers nationwide direct from wholesalers. The next step in its mission to help people live more sustainable lifestyles is to aim to become the world's first zero-waste online supermarket by developing reusable product packaging along with logistics technology to tackle the single-use plastic crisishead-on.

 

30th June 2020

Kids' superfood brand Mia & Ben secures £2.5m from Blue Horizon

Mia & Ben, the innovative kids' food brand sold nationwide in Sainsbury's, Ocado and Abel & Cole in the UK, as well as Dunnes Stores in the Republic of Ireland, has secured £2.5 million funding from impact food investor Blue Horizon Ventures to help grow its UK business.

Mia & Ben aim to revolutionise the kids' food category by using scientific research and the latest technology to offer fresher and more nutritious products. Their first range of pouches can be found chilled in the fridge, not in the ambient aisle, and are preserved with high-pressure processing (HPP) instead of heat to retain natural vitamins, colour and taste.

26th June 2020

AI-powered insect mini-farm Better Origin to revolutionise the food industry

A venture backed Cambridge startup, Better Origin, has launched the X1, the world’s first ever insect mini-farm to convert local waste into high-quality animal feed in the form of insect larvae, which can then be fed to livestock, improving welfare, productivity and yield. They are solving both the global food waste crisis and producing better quality food for consumers.

24th June 2020

Greater London Investment Fund supports East London business

Kaelo Limited has secured a £350,000 growth loan from the Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF) which is managed by The FSE Group.  Kaelo Ltd are the pioneers behind the Kaelo, a unique new way to serve and enjoy perfectly chilled wine in the home, and the hospitality and marine markets.

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