How we've helped Bearded Brewery
Rob started his business Bearded Brewery with friend Mark four years ago. Originally school friends, fast forward twenty years they planned a Monday night get together making and drinking cider for a bit of fun. After sharing their produce with family and friends it became clear they had created something a bit more special than your typical homebrew.
Tired of the stresses from running his car business, he sold this on and made the brewery his full-time enterprise. Bearded Brewery now sells their own cider creations from their micro-brewery in a converted barn at his home. From their favourite “juice from the noose” Suicyder to a Moustache Mango the range extends to cherry brandy and sloe gins.
This is not his first business rodeo, taught by his business minded Dad that cash is king. His original investment in Bearded Brewery was just £15. They made their first commercial batch thinking it would last around 2 months but sold out in three weeks! Scaling up from making 1000 litre batches to 15,000 with their aim for this year to hit 80,000 litres selling online and at two venues in Cornwall.
If you don't like what you do, you might as well change it immediately, because you will never stick it.
How we helped
Rob met with Connector Mark back in February 2019. They discussed finance options for the business and Rob later went to an Access to Finance course to learn more. Rob decided to use his existing profits to invest in scaling up the business which meant he had control over the speed of growth and development areas.
During Covid the front of house trading took a back seat with Rob working on refurbishing and opening a new venue in the centre of Falmouth. Hoping to spread his trade over a longer season with the locals and student population and continuing to hit his growth plan.