After a sell-out event in November 2017, Craftwork — the craft beer business-growth community — has confirmed its headline speakers for the first event of the year, discussing crowdfunding and investment routes for craft beer businesses.

Launched last year, Craftwork Live is a spin-off from the Craftwork Growth Club community for craft beer businesses, and the equally popular podcast, which featured chats with many of the UK’s most inspirational people in the industry. 

Matthew Hall, managing director of Hallway, the digital agency behind Craftwork, said: “Our first event attracted a great crowd from London’s vibrant beer scene and the feedback was brilliant, which is why we’ve been keen to maintain momentum with Craftwork Live.” 

The next event is taking place on February 12, at The Trampery, in Old Street, London. James Yeomans, owner of Hop Stuff Brewery, will join Andrew Morgan, of the Bottle Shop, and Sam McMeekin, from Gipsy Hill Brewing, as the headline speakers.

The theme of the evening will be crowdfunding, with each speaker sharing their experiences, challenges and advice on how to secure finance and investment to fund growth. With many in the craft beer industry considering expansion in 2018, it looks to be a popular topic to kick off the year.

The Bottle Shop completed a successful funding campaign to create a fully refrigerated supply chain last year, as did Gipsy Hill Brewing for its Community Tap Room, while Hop Stuff Brewery has just achieved its target to expand its Tap Room network.

Matthew added: “We’re excited about this event. Our speakers are inspirational with major successes under their belts. There’s no doubt everyone attending will get a great deal out of the discussions. And, of course, we’ve got great beer to go with it, so we’re expecting it to be another fun night.”

Tickets for Craftwork Live can be booked here and you can find out more about the Craftwork Growth Club community and listen to the Craftwork podcast series at hallway.agency/craftwork/