Bob& Berts to open its first store in scot­land

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY RYAN MCALEER

NORTH­ERN Ire­land cof­fee chain Bob & Berts will open its first shop in Scot­land on Thurs­day.

The new store in Falkirk will mark the 19th in Colin Mc­clean and David Fer­gu­son’s rapidly ex­pand­ing cof­fee em­pire.

A se­cond Scot­tish out­let is due to fol­low in Dun­fermline on Novem­ber 15, with work on a third in Stir­ling to get un­der way in Jan­uary.

The com­pany, which started as a sin­gle cof­fee shop in Port­stew­art, has set its sights on open­ing an­other two dozen stores over the next three years.

The ex­pan­sion has been driven by £2m of fund­ing from the Busi­ness Growth Fund, which came on board in Au­gust 2017.

Along with the in­vest­ment, the BGF has brought in former Costa fi­nance di­rec­tor, Mo­han Man­si­gani.

To date the BGF has in­vested around £50 min four NI firms.

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