2013 and 2014 Venture Further finalists Paul Delamere and George Grant have transformed their party trick into a fully-fledged brewing business.
Master of Enterprise (MEnt) alumnus Paul and BSc International Business, Finance and Economics alumnus George started out by selling their homebrew at student house parties and delivering batches in a beat-up hatchback. But the duo’s craft beers proved so popular that they managed to secure a government fund and now sell to more than 60 stockists across England and Scotland, including a string of top independent Manchester bars.
Paul said: “The Master of Enterprise (MEnt) degree played a really important part in getting ShinDigger Brewing Co. off the ground. It offered the perfect environment to start planning our business and the practical skills we were taught were directly transferable with regards to helping us do this.
“We were also able to get vital mentoring and connections from Manchester Enterprise Centre, which has had a big impact on how far we’ve come today.”
“The students and lecturers on the course also offered a great sounding board for our ideas and gave us useful feedback. A big draw of the course was how much it immerses you into the entrepreneurial world. You eat, drink and live entrepreneurship, with everyone else on the course just as passionate about it as you, so it is a great place to develop and learn.”