Benson & Benson – helping to expand

Tom and Nick started Barefaced Brewing from opposite sides of the world.

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Nick was living in Australia, Tom in Edinburgh and they would often chat about the beers they were drinking or brewing at work. Soon, they started cooking up an idea to move back to their hometown in Dorset and start their own micro-brewery, making beers that represented everything they loved from across the continents – beers that were perfect for BBQs and hangouts.

How we have helped them grow

Helping to source investment to expand
Freeing up funds to help manage cash flow
Raising finance from private investors
Planning for the future

After a summer brewing in a converted garage, throwing pilot batches of pale ales and porters down the necks of neighbours and friends, they realised that good old-fashioned hard work and perseverance was starting to pay off. People liked their beer; they needed to expand. In come Bad Hand Coffee, offering a hipster warehouse space right smack in the middle of Bournemouth, just perfect for a taproom and brewhouse for two Wimborne boys.

They approached us last year to help them raise funds to expand their business and take it to the next level. We were successful in raising funding from private investors that gave them the breathing room required and inject the funds they needed to expand what is a very exciting business.

The turnover for February was their best month to date, so much so they were brewing every day for the preceding 6 weeks to keep up with orders coming in. Expansion continued by adding several new sites to their customer base over the last month but their focus has been on wholesale distribution with Nectar and St Austell now ordering regularly and in pallet quantities.

Since this time, the circumstances around COVID-19 has been challenging all businesses.

With the COVID-19 outbreak worsening and the government ramping up its response with social distancing guidance, they found themselves, like many others have, in a somewhat uncertain place. They faced the unprecedented possibility of seeing their customers having to close their doors to the public for a prolonged period of time. They however took on the challenge to innovative

They partnered with Country Fare and Green Label Kitchen to offer anyone fresh picked vegetable boxes and healthy boost fruit boxes to anyone, coupled with their beer.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with these guys and seeing them to go from strength to strength in what is exceptionally challenging conditions for all businesses.

Next Beer – coming soon…….

The next beer they’re looking to develop is dual citizens v2.0. This vermont style pale is a very hazy and late hopped style which is tricky to brew for a number of reasons. Watch their space.

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