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A mouthwatering opportunity

The deadline for prospective investors to own shares in a successful Warwickshire-based cidery is Monday 28 February. The minimum investment is £1,000 and the company is aiming for its shareholders to see a return within three to five years.

The owners of Napton Cidery raised £190,000 in a recent crowdfunding campaign that will help secure the future of the award-winning business. The company has recently secured major new contracts with over 50 pubs and restaurants, and will also have their products stocked by Ocado, Spar and Co-op Midlands stores, achieving an incredible 97% year-on-year growth.

Commenting on the latest investment opportunity, Jolyon said: “We are delighted to be coming to the end of our investment campaign which has been a great experience from start to finish. One of the most enjoyable parts of this process is meeting new investors. They come from all walks of life being businessmen, loyal customers, friends and family.

“They all share a great interest in not only our product but our vision of spreading our naturally made cider around the UK and beyond.”

Over the next 18 months Napton Cidery will be bringing the remainder of their signature ciders onto draught as well as extending the popular taproom following sell-out success of their live comedy, music and tasting events.

A new purpose-built warehouse will enable the cidery to increase production capacity and upgrade to digital laboratory equipment as well as further increase their sustainability credentials by investing in steel tanks.

The couple were first introduced to the taste of craft cider on a family holiday to Cornwall over nine years ago and returned home with an apple tree. Jolyon and Charlotte soon started experimenting in their back garden and successfully produced their own cider.

Almost a decade later the owners and their team, based at Napton-on-the-Hill, harvests, presses, bottles and distributes more than 100,000 litres of craft cider a year, using 17 types of apple from six orchards across the Herefordshire region. They also produce limited edition ciders and perry, as well as juices, spirits and vinegars.

Anyone interested in investing in the cidery should visit the company’s investment webpage