Almost 900 people came forward to invest in Gloucester Brewery’s crowdfunding campaign to help realise its ambitious expansion plans.
Just over £531,000 was raised in total with more than £300,000 pledged in just six weeks as part of the public phase of the campaign.
The award-winning company, in Gloucester Docks, wants to use the money to fund further beer and gin production, increase its sustainability and it is also working on further development at its Warehouse Four brewing space and taproom. There are also plans for more TANK bars with the brewery setting its sights on Cheltenham and Bristol as new locations.
Managing Director Jared Brown said: “We are just overwhelmed with the level of support shown to the brewery since we launched the crowdfunding campaign. Every single one of the 860 pledges whether it is £10 or £10,000 will make a difference to our future success and we are immensely grateful.
“Warehouse Four will see some immediate attention thanks to the money and we are in the process of adding in new toilets as well as drawing up plans for the stunning new mezzanine floor. We are also now in the process of exploring further opportunities to expand our business portfolio, so watch this space.”
The crowdfunding success comes as the brewery has also launched a new artist in residence programme providing a new exhibition space at Warehouse Four taproom.
Its walls have been transformed into an art gallery with acclaimed Gloucester artist Russell Haines the first to display his work.
There will be a rolling programme of exhibitions by different city artists taking place over the next 12 months with the work available to buy. Special meet the artist evenings will also take place to help promote their work.
Jared said: “This is our way of helping to support some of the amazing talent here in the city. We have this great new taproom with large empty brick walls that are crying out to be filled, so we thought why not offer this space up to city artists so they can display and sell their work?
“Russell’s art looks fantastic and has really added to the atmosphere at the taproom and we hope it also helps generates sales for him too.”
Russell has around 10 pieces on display at the taproom showcasing some of his bold pop art style pieces, many of which are also interactive using a video app.
His work was also recently used to brighten up empty shop fronts as part of the Gate Street Gallery project in the city centre.
“For me, I like to show my art in places where the work can be seen by everyone. The space in the taproom is great and it fits the style of these paintings well,” he said.
“There is a lack of gallery space in the city and so it is fantastic to see Gloucester Brewery creating somewhere for artists to exhibit their work.”
Any artists wishing to join the artists in residence programme can email email@example.com