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Spike Island Cafe launches crowdfunder for #BetterBristol


The Better Bristol campaign strives to support the grassroots projects that are helping Bristol become a low-carbon city with a better quality of life for all. The city-wide campaign builds on the work done in Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015 and we’re on track to raise £1million for projects and businesses with social and environmental impact.

As part of Better Bristol, Spike Island Cafe has launched their crowdfunding campaign to transform the space into a thriving arts cafe. The vision for Spike Island Cafe is one of warmth and welcome, underpinned by strong social, ethical and sustainable values. Brought to you by the makers of the fabulous Folk House Cafe, Liz Haughton has had this ethos from the beginning and has proved that a small, independent and ethical business can succeed.

Ca7vHzQWcAAnbwH“It is increasingly tough to do this when we are all bombarded by corporates under cutting prices and blanket bombing us with advertising.  The banks won’t help either anymore – they won’t lend small amounts without asking for massive amounts of security and crippling interest. (better this way than lending irresponsibly, but even so…)

This is where crowdfunding comes into its own, where people who are interested in seeing independent businesses thrive can take ownership of them, almost literally, by contributing to their fund.  Some people ask why they should put money into something that isn’t a charity, which is a fair question.  It’s about belief in the project, trust in the people delivering it and wanting to be a part your of a community, either really or virtually.” Liz Haughton, Folk House Cafe & Spike Island Cafe

Liz wants to forge a new identity for Spike Island Cafe as a place of welcome and good food with a comfortable and easy atmosphere. With a similar set up to Folk House Cafe, the space will be a welcoming hub that local artists, creative local businesses and the whole community will call their own.

Local Suppliers and Local Artists

Liz Haughton proudly states “Spike Island Café accepts and encourages use of the Bristol Pound as a way to keep our money in the city, circulating and feeding other independent businesses.

They also use local suppliers including:

Severn Project – locally grown salad leaves with a training project for ex addicts

Essential Trading – organic wholefoods

The Story Meat Company – organic and free range meat

Bruton Dairy – organic milk

Four Seasons – organic veg

Great Cake Co – organic and gluten free cakes

Blackacre Farm – organic eggs

CcsaNjHW8AAMkA_As a base for over 70 artists, design and creative businesses, a print studio and the remarkable art gallery,
Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Also housing part of the University of the West of England’s arts department, there is a constant flow of creative heads through the cafe. Spike Island Cafe want to attract local people as well as reach out across Bristol and to engage new visitors with their business.

Pledges and Rewards

The crowdfund has received £4,295 in pledges so far, with the aim to reach £9,000 by 11th April. Pledges can start from as little as £5 and fantastic rewards are on offer including:

Pledge £20 – free Spike Cafe mug and 20p off hot drinks when brought into the cafe, plus a first hot drink of your choice for free.

Pledge £40 – Sponsor a chair! Spike Cafe will paint your name on a chair of your choice.

Pledge £60 – Bottomless coffee! An entire month of whatever hot drink you want in one of their stylish Spike Island Café mugs.

Pledge £100 – A dish named after you! Choose a dish already served at the cafe, or dream up one not on our menu, then see it in lights.

Pledge £300 – Upholstery course with Leigh Anne Treadwell at the Bristol Upholstery Collective – a weekend or evening course, bringing your own piece of furniture to re-new and revive.

Pledge £1,500 – Business backer: Spike Island Cafe are looking for businesses aligned with their values to sponsor the refurbishment of the cafe. They’ll display your logo prominently and on their website with a link to your own site, and spread your message through our own social media channels with a reach of over 5000 people.

Further Resources

Find out how you can help Spike Island Cafe achieve their dream transformation by heading over to their crowdfunder page and pledge now.

You can also register your interest in the Better Bristol campaign by filling in the online form.

Want to know more about the campaign and how you can benefit from it? Read our news post on the Better Bristol Campaign.

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