Craft chocolate maker secures £10k crowdfunding to open new café in Sheffield
PUBLISHED: 15:24 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:55 01 October 2018
Bullion Chocolate, Yorkshire’s first bean-to-bar craft chocolate manufacturer, appealed for the public’s help as it looks to take its award-winning chocolate to the masses.
Bullion Chocolate, Yorkshire’s first bean to bar craft chocolate makers, is one step closer to achieving its dream of opening a brand new café after securing over £10,000 in backing in just three weeks.
Bullion started a Kickstarter campaign in early September hoping to raise the funds needed to open the café in the new Cutlery Works Food Hall in Kelham Island, Sheffield and hundreds of backers came together to smash the target with 10 days of the campaign left.
It means that work can begin almost immediately on the new café, which will sit alongside the chocolate factory where Bullion is made, and company founder Max Scotford is overwhelmed with the support he has received in making his dream a reality.
He said: “I really can’t believe it, firstly I just want to say thank you to every single person who has pledged and made this happen. I was hopeful that we would hit our target but I have been totally taken aback at the level of support we’ve received and I am just so grateful.
“It is really special that not only are we now able to open our first café, but that it has been made possible by the public. To know that our supporters are the reason we are making this step means a lot to me and I can’t wait to start welcoming people in to the café and hopefully we’ll see as many of our supporters as possible.”
The campaign, which became a ‘trending’ campaign on Kickstarter’s homepage, has been so successful that Sheffield Hallam University graduate Max has added a ‘Stretch Goal’ and is offering an added incentive of a Bullion Mini on top of any reward claimed between now and October 7.
“While we are over the moon with reaching our 10k target it would really be the cherry on top to exceed it and with 10 days left to run we thought we’d try to raise as much as possible so we can speed up the process.
“We already have a great range of rewards that people can go for but we’re going to add in a Bullion Mini bar with every pledge if we reach our new stretch goal. Even if we don’t get another penny from here, we are just delighted and as I’ve said before, so grateful,” said Max.
“Now the hard work really starts with bringing the dream to life and it’s going to be a really exciting couple of months – and hopefully it won’t be long until we’re serving our range of chocolate, coffee and baked goods to the people of Yorkshire!”
To learn more about Bullion, you can visit www.bullionchocolate.com to see how you can get involved, to find out more about the project or to see the brilliant range of rewards on offer, visit the Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Cafe Kickstarter page.