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Borrowing £100,000 has helped me completely refurbish my new premises

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Borrowing £100,000 has helped me completely refurbish my new premises

Updated: Mar 10, 2015

Over the past 4 years we’ve enjoyed visiting small businesses across the country who have come to the Funding Circle marketplace, not only to find out how your lending has helped them, but also to hear their unique stories which we share with you.

For our latest business story we’re in Central London to visit Rufus Grantham, co-founder of BloodandSand Limited, who borrowed £104,000 in October 2014 from hundreds of Funding Circle investors. BloodandSand Limited runs 2 cocktail bars in London; ‘The Hide’ on fashionable Bermondsey Street, and their second establishment which has just opened near Bank underground station.


Rufus co-founded BloodandSand Limited more than 8 years ago with a university friend who shared his passion for delivering delicious drinks in an unrivalled atmosphere. Having successfully run “The Hide” for many years, they looked to open new location.

After searching for more than a year for their second site, they found a derelict pub in the City of London and both agreed that it was the perfect location, so applied for a loan to refurbish the premises. They have split the premises into 2 distinct venues, a cocktail bar in the basement called ‘Demon, Wise & Partners’ and a London themed bar called ‘The Arbitrager’ on the ground floor, where they’ll only stock London-brewed beers and London distilled gin to show support for their local economy. 

In this short video you’ll meet Rufus, hear more about why he started the business and what he liked most about using Funding Circle to help his business grow.

Do you live in London?

If you’re London-based and read the Evening Standard, you may have seen Demon, Wise & Partners mentioned as one of the most anticipated bar openings for 2015! Why not show your support and pop down and have a drink? They open in mid-March, so not long to wait now!

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