Granny Cool eyes export success

Granny Cool eyes export success

A preserves and condiments manufacturer launched by two mothers who met in their children’s’ playground four years ago is set to expand overseas after securing £60,000 in funding.

Nikki Frith and  launched Granny Cool after meeting in their children’s’ playground four years ago.

The duo are now celebrating having landing a number of major contracts which will see their jams and spreads stacked on shelves across the UK and overseas.

As well as landing major contracts to supply Sainsbury’s, Selfridges and Booths, they are now preparing to enter the export market and build the Granny Cool brand in territories including Australia and the Middle East.

This is a huge step for the start-up which, having been turned down on Dragon’s Den in 2014 for having a brand that the investors considered too regional, looks set to join the growing list of Den ‘survivors’ including Tangle Teaser and Trunki which have since grown their businesses into global brands.

The company’s growth has been aided by a £60,000 Export Fund Loan from Business Finance Solutions, the financial arm of the Manchester Growth Company supported by the GM Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “We’re delighted to hear that Granny Cool is going from success to success, and happy that we were able to help.

“It is a top priority for this council to see current and future entrepreneurs thrive, and do all we can to direct them to good quality business advice, guidance and access to funding. We wish the Granny Cool team all the best for a fruitful future!”

Nikki added: “This is an enormously exciting time for us and the Business Finance Solutions team has helped take Granny Cool to the next step by securing the £60k loan for us and we look forward to their support in taking our brand overseas.

“Like us they knew that there has been a real sea change in what people want to eat today and our customers are proud to support and champion smaller manufacturers who are working hard to create something authentic, high quality and a bit special.

“Bury has a long tradition of manufacturing and we are proud to be upholding that reputation and taking our brand to the next stage of international distribution and recognition.”

Ramsbottom-based Granny Cool’s products are handmade using the traditional method of open pans. The range is based on original recipes handed down to Nikki from her Grandmother Marjorie Richardson and includes three fruit marmalade, lemon, lime, ginger and mango curds.