Russell Bisset and David Bishop shared a passion to produce a range of craft beers.This dream led to the formation in 2013 of the microbrewery company, Northern Monk Brew Co.
The founders chose the word Northern in the company name for its association with honest, earthy produce.
The company, based in Bradford, launched a range of hand crafted beers with quality and taste at the heart of its development and production – starting with their debut ale, New World IPA.
The owners recognise the importance of international expansion to a new business startup.
The Rising Stars business support programme supported the company by providing one-to-one business advice, specifically related to starting up a high growth business.
The key areas supported included business planning, legal structures and financing a startup.
Mr Bisset is particularly adept at recognising the importance of his brand having had a successful International Sales & Marketing career and has a wealth of contacts in the trade both locally and internationally.
The business has now been launched and the first product, New World IPA, went to market in summer 2013 with a successful launch event at The Sparrow.
Success of the business has derived from the founder’s progressive, bold, British, Bradfordian craft beer which will in time have the opportunity to become a quintessentially British drink.
“For me, Rising Stars have helped my dreams to become reality. Dedication, motivation, inspiration and vision are all essential qualities and attributes one needs to have as an entrepreneur but they are meaningless without everything that lays the foundations for a small business to become a reality – a concise, structured and solid business plan, an understanding of the legal implications of what it is you are setting out to do and the financial set up and accountancy involved in the infancy of the business.
As a business with a pro-Bradford agenda it has also been hugely beneficial to hear of the support being offered by other initiatives backed by Bradford Council as well as other private companies who may wish to collaborate.
If you are thinking of starting a business, in many ways now is a great time – there is a lot of help and resource available to you, you just have to seek it out. The Rising Stars programme is a shining example of this.”
- Russell Bisset