Who Are We?

Finance Kitchen is London’s fusion of financial expertise and a love of food.

Founder Ian Woodley has been involved in financial services since leaving school, most recently establishing and running a national award winning business rescue funder Now Financial Advisory which has saved many businesses and jobs across a variety of industries. Witnessing SMEs’ that have made mistakes and working with them to turn them around is the best possible grounding to make sure that new and growing businesses avoid the same pain.

Finance Kitchen takes that real "in the trenches" experience and uses it to get behind London food entrepreneurs whether pop ups, start-ups or growing established businesses. Working with them to make sure they have the funding they need to turn dreams into a sustainable reality.

An extensive database of lenders and investors, a problem solving nature and a pinch of creativity means you can focus on your business with the peace of mind that the best financial foundations are in place.

We have a simple ambition, to be London’s number one provider of funding to the independent food and drink market.

What Do We Do?

Our business covers a number of situations in the life cycle of a food business.

  • New Starts
  • Refits
  • Additional Sites
  • Business Purchase
  • Management Buyouts
  • Short Term Cash Flow

These scenarios need cash which can take the form of either debt or equity and we provide both.

We are well versed in SEIS and EIS investment and can take you through that process. We are connected to each of the major banking groups and finance houses so have access to the full array of funding products.

We can also act as a Business Growth Coach and supply financial training and mentoring as part of the package. When the time is right to expand we can introduce Private Equity to provide further rounds of funding or maybe an exit.

Like any good meal it’s then all about the ingredients and the balance. Money can be made available but is it the right deal or the best backer?

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