Throughout October 2018 we launched a crowdfunding initiative with Indiegogo to help us raise funds prior to our opening, to put towards some top of the range kitchen equipment including a Rational combi oven and a doughnut fryer.
We were overwhelmed with the support we received during the campaign run and we successfully raised over £3,600 of generous donations from friends and family, as well as members of the local community showing their support. We also received some fantastic press coverage during this period.
In return for pledging funds, we created a selection of tiered rewards ranging from coffee & cake, to afternoon teas and hampers. Although the time has come to an end on our crowdfunding, the page is still open to receive pledges and all rewards are available.
We have invested a lot of our own money but setting up a coffee shop is expensive, particularly when there is much work to be on the property to reach the standard we expect for our customers. We have taken on a huge challenge and will be completing a lot of the renovations ourselves, before enlisting the help of our local builders to commence with the improvements and fit out.
As we are a start-up, every penny that has been pledged is going to be used preciously. We are conscious of using as many recycled but high-quality materials as possible. We have also contracted a dedicated team of local trades people to help with the refurbishments, as well as an incredibly supportive network of family and friends.
Thank you for your support during this time and we look forward to welcoming all of you into the Early Bird Bakery soon.