Edinburgh based gluten-free brewery raises £430,000 to fund expansion

Published: 16 October 2017

Edinburgh-based Bellfield Brewery has raised £430,000 to fund expansion. Director Marie Brown explains more…

Your business in brief? 

Bellfield is the UK's first dedicated gluten-free brewery. We’re based in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh and there are now nine of us. We set up in December 2014 and started trading in March 2016, so we’ve been going 18 months. We were founded by Giselle Dye and her husband, Robin Baillie and Marie Brown and her husband, Alistair Brown.

There is a growing gluten-free scene in Edinburgh with lots of wonderful food and drink businesses and some great craft beer bars.

Marie Brown, Director, Bellfield Brewery

 

We brew contemporary interpretations of classic styles, using the simplest ingredients: carefully selected grains, hops and pure Scottish water. All Bellfield beers are Coeliac UK accredited and carry the ‘crossed grain’ symbol. Since we started producing our first beers in early 2016, we’ve created a network of wholesalers, retailers, and independent traders across the UK. We’ve recently secured listings with Scottish branches of several multiple retailers, we have established some healthy export partnerships and we’re experiencing strong demand for our products. We have geared the company to be able to grow quickly and our ambition is to become the brand leader in our space. 

Tell us about what this funding will allow you to do?

We initially raised £180k through the crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube. This allowed us launch our beers onto the market in March 2016 and take on four part-time employees. We also invested in our branding and marketing and established strong distribution partnerships. We’ve just raised another £430,000 of equity funding through the Scottish business angel syndicate, Equity Gap, with the Scottish Investment Bank. The new funding will allow our existing team to commit full-time and strengthen our business development team. It also means we can invest in developing more export opportunities and invest in our marketing and point of sale materials. Finally, it will allow us to complete the fit out of our premises in Edinburgh. 

Bellfield is the UK's first dedicated gluten-free brewery. It is based in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh

How does being in Edinburgh help you?

All the founders live in Portobello, Edinburgh. The area gave us the name for our brewery –Bellfield, a street in Portobello – and a name for our IPA – Lawless Village is how Portobello was once known. There is a growing gluten-free scene in Edinburgh with lots of wonderful food and drink businesses and some great craft beer bars. There are also a lot of other breweries in Edinburgh and the central belt – and we all help each other out. Having the international visitors – through the festivals primarily – also helps in spreading the word about our beers. 

What's the vision for your business?

Our vision is simply to be the number one gluten-free beer brand in the world!

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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