Updated: Aug 2, 2016
The sun is finally shining and with the August bank holiday coming up, there’s no better time to enjoy the sun at your nearest park. Here’s our 6-step guide for making the perfect picnic while supporting British businesses.
Step 1. Head to a grassy space in style with a top-notch picnic set from The Stripes Company. With their vintage style deckchairs and a retro picnic mat complete with a bolster bag for easy carrying, you’ll be all set for a day in the sun. The Stripes Company were able to expand their product range and continue IT development to service UK and overseas expansion using their Funding Circle business loans.
Step 2. Based in beautiful Bristol, Bakers of Nailsea was established in the 1960’s and is currently run by a father and son team. The family-run company stock responsibly farmed meats that make for a superb BBQ. In order to expand their catering trade, Bakers of Nailsea borrowed £10,000 from 199 investors in March 2014.
Step 3. If you’d like wine to accompany your picnic, have a look at Lindley Fine Wines.They borrowed £6,000 from 108 investors to provide additional working capital to fund expansion and are based in Huddersfield. They have over 350 wines for you to choose from so whether you fancy red, white or bubbly, Lindley Fine Wines have got you covered.
Step 4. For other deliciously refreshing drinks, Lovely Drinks produce award-winning handmade sparkling soft drinks and juices, inspired by the bounty of England’s orchards and hedgerows. Lovely Drinks bought new bottling equipment and upgraded their branding after borrowing £40,000 across 2 Funding Circle loans. Choose from a range of flavours including elderflower, raspberry lemonade and our favourite, sour cherry cola.
Step 5. Voted one of the 50 best deli’s in the country, Deli Flavour stocks award-winning relishes along with olives, antipasti and a range of cheeses. To help open another shop, the company borrowed £25,000 from Funding Circle investors in November 2013. From the traditional whole grain English mustard or Westmoreland Chutney, through to exotic and spicy chilli jam, these condiments will add a tasty twist to your picnic.
Step 6. Last, but certainly not least, is the staple of all picnics – bread. Whether you favour a slice of focaccia or a more traditional wholemeal loaf, The Dutch Bakery in Southport has something to suit every preference. After accessing £125,000, The Dutch Bakery were able to build an extra storage area and freezer to assist with demand.
Looking for more inspiration? Read more of our ideas to get you out and about this summer!
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Enjoy Lending. The Funding Circle team