We're delighted to announce that Grocery Accelerator have joined our community. We sat down with them and asked them a few questions all about them!
Who and what are Grocery Accelerator?
Grocery Accelerator is the UK’s first business accelerator for ambitious food and drink brands. We trawl the UK looking for exciting new companies who we can support. Since April 2015, thirteen young companies have joined the programme, benefitting from investment exceeding £2m as well as targeted industry advise and support. The four directors of GA have over 75 years industry experience and have taken their own companies to exits totalling in excess of £50m.
Who are the team?
The two full-time co-founders based at Sustainable Bridges are Paddy Willis and Rob Ward, where they work alongside first employee Sandra Boualleg. Regular visitors will be our non-exec directors Simon Lacey and John Stapleton (co-founder of New Covent Garden Soup Co.) and our associate Jo Walker.
What does the future hold?
We are excited to continue to develop our investment portfolio and grow trading services to support the young companies with building distribution and testing their products. We already have the Discovery Shop on Ocado, where you can shop for innovative new brands that we have sourced for the retailer, and we hope to launch ore such initiatives. Expect plenty of tasting opportunities in the break out area as we go hunting for new talent!
We’re looking forward to supporting the development of the Sustainable Food Hub at the new site and the opportunities for collaboration that will follow. The UK food and drink market is incredibly dynamic and there are plenty of new ventures and great products being launched. If you know people who are itching to scale their own business in this arena then please point them our way!