Beech’s Fine Chocolates have been manufacturing high quality gourmet chocolates from their base in Preston since 1920. The chocolates they produce, including brazil nuts, bars and creams, are sold in a range of high street stores, including Waitrose, John Lewis, Harrods, Booths and Mr Simms.
In January 2016, Beech’s Fine Chocolates took out a £250,000 loan through the Funding Circle marketplace to keep up with high demand. Funding Circle is an online marketplace allowing businesses to borrow directly from a wide range of investors, including more than 40,000 people, the UK Government, local councils, a university and a number of financial organisations.
Geraldine and John Aughton, who’ve been lending to businesses through Funding Circle for the past few years, met the Beech’s team while taking a tour round the factory. Geraldine, who lent to Beech’s, said she’s particularly attracted to companies who are from the North West because that’s where she lives.
The business recently took part in a BBC documentary called ‘Who’s the Boss?‘, and business owner Andrew Whiting (pictured) told us he’s been overwhelmed by positive comments from viewers about the passion and culture of his team. In this short video hear from business owner Andrew, meet investor Geraldine and get a sneak peek inside the factory:
To find out more about Funding Circle visit https://www.fundingcircle.com/uk/.