With the summer sun having a positive impact on UK-produced alcohol sales, now is the perfect time for Giffords Hall, a small Suffolk-based vineyard, to kick off a crowdfunding campaign.
English produced alcohol is having a great summer season, with UK produced sparkling wine sales doubling over the last four years. English wine production has grown from 1.3 million bottles in 2007 to 6.3 million bottles in 2014. Giffords Hall Vineyard produces award-winning rose, white and sparkling wines and are hoping to capitalise on growth in the UK alcohol market as well as expanding their export market. The company is seeking to raise £58,000 from investors, in return for 5% equity.
As well as a booming vineyard and wine shop, Giffords Hall have a small cellar, open during the summer months and for Christmas, and hold regular open days where they exhibit the work of local artists, sculptors and potters. They also produce their own lavender products, fleeces from our rare breed sheep, juice from our orchard, vinegars and a range of liqueurs. This company
The company’s directors, Linda and Guy Howard, have a wealth of knowledge between them. Linda has a proven track record in running businesses and is responsible for the marketing, advertising and maintaining the wholesale relationships, and
Guy has supervised 9 growing seasons and is responsible for the farming operations and finances of the company.
Gifford Hall wines are stocked by Laytons and Waitrose, as well as several specialist wine merchants around London and the South East, and exports to Asia, Switzerland and the USA account for around 10% of sales.
Giffords Hall are hoping to use the money raised to expand the business. £10,000 will be spent on marketing and increasing the brand’s awareness, with another 15,000 to facilitate the growth in production to 30,000 bottles. The rest of the money will be spent on more storage facilities, additional wine making equipment and upgrading the office and shop.
Head over to Crowd2Fund for more information on Giffords Hall’s investment opportunity,