Small Batch hits the big time

The Brighton and Hove start-up is set to expand outside of the city.

From humble beginnings, Small Batch started out as a coffee cart, selling premium hot drinks.

jpbi small batch SevendialsFounded by Brad Jacobsen and Alan Tomlins in 2006, the brand has grown, and has since expanded to five stores across Brighton and Hove, together with two railway kiosks. It also boasts a booming wholesale business, providing branded and bespoke blends to an expanding list of leading restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes across the country.

Now, after nine years, Mr Jacobsen has sold his stake in the business to Risk Capital Partners, which now has a majority stake in the company. The private equity firm has a track record of helping business to expand, including Hove brand Patisserie Valerie.

It will now support the existing management team at Small Batch, led by Nigel Lambe as chief executive, who has worked alongside the exiting founder, Mr Jacobsen, for five years.

jpbi small batchMr Jacobson, who is co-owner of Hove pub The Urchin, is estimated to have sold his share for £3 million.

Co-founder Mr Tomlins will continue in his role.

Mr Lambe, said: “I am delighted to be teaming up with Risk Capital Partners, who have unrivalled experience in retail and wholesale food and café businesses. We have great ambition for the Small Batch brand and sought out Luke and his team when the opportunity arose.”

Luke Johnson, chairman of Risk Capital Partners, said: “I am a huge fan of Small Batch Coffee, not just their delicious coffee but also their cool spaces, friendly staff and meticulous attention to detail. We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Nigel and his team to help bring Small Batch to a wider audience.”