Brighton beer business aims to raise £80k from crowdfunding

Posted On 02 Dec 2014 at 7:46 am

A business that delivers beer to Brighton workplaces is trying to raise £80,000 to expand through crowdfunding.

Desk Beers supplies between 1,200 and 1,500 bottles of craft beer a week to offices in Brighton and London and wants to spread to other towns and cities. It also wants to sell a wider range of beers.

The company is offering 13 per cent of its equity in exchange for the £80,000, valuing the business at more than £600,000.

It was set up by product development engineer Adam Rogers and the Mint Digital consultancy where he had worked for six years.

The Desk Beers pitch on the Crowdcube crowdfunding website said: “Desk Beers is a craft beer subscription service.

“We focus on delivering great beer to workplaces. Our boxes contain 12 beers, made up of two or three different styles of beer from one or more breweries. This allows teams to try a new beer together and chat about work at the end of the week.

“Desk Beers creates a mini team-building event in offices for as little as £3 per employee.

“Beer at work on a Friday is a common phenomenon in the modern workplace. Check Twitter or Instagram for the hashtag #deskbeer and you’ll see people all over the world enjoying a beer at their desk.

“We started Desk Beers when we gave up buying 24 cans of ordinary lager from the local shop.

“Instead, we started making an effort to seek out something better. Next, we supplied our friends – start ups, agencies and design studios.”

The business expects revenue growth of 200 per cent year on year. It has already raised more than £13,000 from 22 investors, with 55 days left to reach its £80,000 target.

Taylor Street Baristas, which has a branch in Queen’s Road, Brighton, is also trying to raise money on Crowdcube. The coffee shop chain has so far raised £558,000 towards a £1.5 million target from 257 investors.

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