MediaCityUK expansion for Grindsmith coffee firm

MediaCityUK expansion for Grindsmith coffee firm

With humble beginnings grounded in a mobile cart, artisan coffee business Grindsmith has now opened its third premises in Greater Manchester – a hybrid coffee shop which serves food and beer into the evening.

The new site, which will create 11 new full time jobs, marks the latest stage of the company’s UK expansion plans, thanks to a £65,000 loan from Business Finance Solutions.

Initially launched as a coffee cart in 2013, Grindsmith graduated to a small unique eco-pod on Greengate Square, Manchester. They then opened their second unit on Deansgate, located within Rise Manchester and the third premises can be found on the main route from the car park to the BBC building within the MediaCityUK complex.

Grindsmith is run by directors Luke Tomlinson and Peter Gibson and now employs 25 people. Peter said: “Business Finance Solutions has played a key role in the evolution and growth of Grindsmith, fuelled by their belief in our proposition and eco ethos from the word go.

“Their loan enabled us to move into our first permanent premises last year, the success of which has enabled us to expand into our second and now third premises. We are also looking at further expansion within GM and possibly into London within the next few years”

Luke said: “We have created a concept that gives our customers a space to meet, a place to work, and a location to take joy in coffee and, by focusing on quality and delivery, we aim to be the coffee destination of choice for our community.”

Mark Hughes, chief executive of BGF operators Manchester Growth Company said: “Greater Manchester has a great track record of nurturing and supporting businesses that deliver a really great product and that is exactly what has happened to Grindsmith.

“Peter, Luke and their team have invested an enormous amount of passion and energy into creating a truly authentic experience and it is great to see BFS play such a big part in supporting them with the finance and business advice they needed to take them to each stage of their journey.”

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