Big Mannys’ Pizza, which is due to open a second collection and delivery unit in Aberdeen in the next few weeks, has received a six-figure investment boost – less than a year after it was launched.
Phillip says they were inspired by the BBC TV programme Dragon’s Den to bring an investor on board, having already been approached by several potential business partners. The team wanted someone who could add extra value by helping to guide them through issues that come with operating an expanding and scalable business”.
Simon Cowie, managing partner at Aberdeen accountancy firm Infinity Partnership, has provided the cash injection for a minority stake in the business and will also advise on its transformational growth plans and become a director in the business.
Big Mannys’ Pizza was launched by brothers Phillip and Ashley Adams and consultant chef Calum Wright from The Adams bar on Holburn Street in October last year.
It has exclusive agreements to deliver to customers at The Draft Project and The College Bar in the centre of Aberdeen.
Collaboration with other north-east firms has been central to its success. Big Manny’s Pizza special-recipe dough – created by Calum – is made by social enterprise The Breadmaker, seasoning for its pizzas and chicken wings is provided by Angus & Oink, based at Dess, near Aboyne, and The Tilly Butcher supplies the steak for one of its most popular pizzas.
The founders have also developed a beer called Smashable in partnership with Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer, with a colour and texture to partner their pizzas.
Phillip said: “The collaborations have been an integral part of our story. It’s great to see north-east food and drink producers help each other and cross-promote products, and we have more collaborations on the way”.
Simon, said: “Big Mannys’ Pizza has a fantastic team and a first-rate product. I’m looking forward to working with Phillip, Ashley and Calum to take the business to the next level, ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support this growth.”