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BKL supports highly successful crowdfunding campaign by well-known Cambridge firm

1 November 2018

 

Rapidly growing restaurant, pub and catering business Cambscuisine has successfully crowdfunded for its expansion after a restructuring by BKL.

BKL has worked closely with the company since 2013 and the company now has nine well-known outlets in the Cambridge area.

Dominic Anthony, Business Services partner at BKL, said: “A key strategy to help the next phase for Cambscuisine was to reorganise what was several different companies into a single, less complex, group structure. This has allowed the directors owners to refinance its borrowings with a single lender on improved terms, providing additional cash flow for investment in the expanding estate.

A subsequent crowdfunding campaign through SyndicateRoom was significantly oversubscribed and raised £750,000 of new funds to invest in new sites in and around Cambridge.

Dominic added: “We are delighted at BKL to have helped the owners reach the next stage of their very successful journey. Cambscuisine perfectly reflects the dynamism, imagination and quality of the city in which it is based.”

The company sites currently include: The St John’s and Cambridge Chop Houses, MillWorks, The Crown & Punchbowl, The Tickell Arms, The Cock, The Three Horseshoes and two SmokeWorks.

The crowdfunding brought in James Spragg, Chief Operating Officer of the Casual Dining Group, which includes the Café Rouge and Belgo chains, as an investor. He has now joined Cambscuisine as a non-executive director.

Oliver Thain, managing director and co-founder of Cambscuisine, said: “Dominic Anthony really understands our business and ambitions. He held our hand through a complicated and costly corporate structure into something more efficient from which we can grow.

“The result has been a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, which will help us realise our strategy and goals in the coming years.”

For more information, please contact:

Simon Bussell

Director of Marketing and Business Development

020 8922 9278

simon.bussell@bkl.co.uk

Read more about our work with Cambscuisine in our Cambridge brochure.