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Beer52 founder is named one of Forbes' top 6 young entrepreneurs to watch in the UK

Date: 05/06/2014

James Brown, founder of online beer-ordering service Beer52, has been named as one of Forbes' top 6 young entrepreneurs to watch in the UK. Beer52 works with independent microbreweries across the UK, offering a delivery service that enables them to reach new customers, and those customers to discover a range of new beers.

The model for Beer52 was borne out of a workshop in April 2013 run by Design in Action, a Dundee-based Knowledge Exchange Hub that is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Design in Action helps business to develop new ideas and ways of working by connecting them with academics, designers and other creatives. It focuses on five key sectors: food, information communications technology, wellbeing, sport and rural economies.

Participants at the workshop were also invited to bid for up to £20,000 to commercialise their ideas, and it was this funding that allowed Beer52 to develop a prototype. One year down the line, the business is now growing even further, with over 2,500 full-paying subscribers throughout the UK.

'Raise a glass', a feature on the AHRC website, provides further information on the background of the company.

For further press information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk


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