NORTHERN Irish artisan coffee shop chain Bob &Berts has chosen Falkirk, Dunfermline and Stirling as its first locations in Scotland.
The outlets are part of its plan to open around 20 outlets and create about 400 jobs in Scotland, backed by £2 million of “patient capital” raised from the Business Growth Fund in August 2017.
This funding is also being used by Bob &Berts for further expansion in Northern Ireland.
Bob &Berts, which also serves fresh food, will create around 30 jobs with its first three openings in Scotland.
It is fitting out premises in High Street in Falkirk for its maiden Scottish store, which is scheduled to open at the end of this month.
Bob &Berts’ new outlet in High Street in Dunfermline is due to open at the end of October.
This will be followed by the opening of the Stirling shop.
Highlighting Bob &Berts’ plans for further Scottish stores, the Business Growth Fund said that “a number of other local community-focused locations across Scotland are currently in negotiation”.
Mohan Mansigani – a former chief finance officer at Costa Coffee and Casual Dining Group – joined the board of Bob &Berts as non-executive chairman as part of the Business Growth Fund deal.
Bob &Berts was founded by Colin McClean. He was joined in the business by his brother-in-law, David Ferguson, in 2015.
The Business Growth Fund was set up by the UK Government, with financial backing from the major banks, with the aim of helping fast-growing small and medium-sized businesses through the provision of equity finance.
Bob &Berts will soon open its 18th Northern Irish store, in Magherafelt.
Mr McClean, who is co-owner of Bob &Berts, said: “BGF has been a great partner for us and the skills held by the members of its team have complemented our own. We are excited to be bringing our business to Scotland, having spent time immersing ourselves in so many different locations and active communities.”
CREDIT: Ian McConnell
Copyright Newsquest (Herald &Times) Ltd Sep 13, 2018