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We're a small business thats successful in that we have no debts, loans or overdrafts, we'd like to expand, debt-free if possible
We're a small business thats successful in that we have no debts, loans or overdrafts, we'd like to expand, debt-free if possible
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..........................STRETCHER GOALS AND REWARDS...........................

FIRST OFF MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED US AND HELPED US ACHIEVE OUR GOAL IN SUCH A SPEEDY TIME. WE HAVE DECIDED TO ADD ANOTHER GOAL OR 2 WHICH WILL ENABLE US TO EXPAND EVEN FURTHER......

£8,000 If we reach this goal, everyone who has donated £20 or      more so far will receive an extra fruit leather and 2 x 10% off vouchers  ( this will allow us to buy a new chiller and 2 more dryers) 

£10,000 If this goal is reached everyone who has donated £20 or more will receive an extra Limited Edition 20g pack Kickstarter Jerky ( Red Wine, Cracked Pepper, Mushrooms, Garlic and fresh herbs) which can be swapped for a vegan version, a Fruit Leather and 2 x 10% vouchers ( if we reach this goal we will be able to get more proffesional labels designed and printed for our Vegan jerky range allowing us to approach shops / pubs with  them ) 

£15,000 If we reach this astounding goal we will be able to build an extension to our workshop, giving us 4 times the space we have now, a separate Vegan Kitchen allowing us to go for Vegetarian accreditation, quadrupling our output  and making our lives immeasurably easier and allowing us to be able to create more "interesting" and tasty things, if you help us reach this goal, everyone who has funded us £60 or more will receive 2 Gourmet Meals with Smoked Spiced Rice ( Vegan or Meat) as well as 3 Fruit Leathers complete with a recipe booklet with Fruit Leather Pudding Recipes to make your own stunning pudding and 3 x 10% off vouchers 

We started our business www.cowleysfinefood.com from our home in South Wales over 10 years ago, with the aim of providing a comprehensive range of healthy alternative snack food. About 6 years ago we appeared on BBC 1's Dragons Den in an effort to raise investment for the business, It didnt go as we planned but ended up being told our business wouldn't work. SIX YEARS LATER!! we are going from strength to strength, though now in need of additional investment without approaching the conventional finance system in which we have no confidence.

We were inspired to set up our business by our passion for quality food made from foraged and naturally farmed local produce. We had been participating in historical re-enactments for several years and saw a natural niche in the market for historically-based products. We started making jerky - naturally dried meat snacks - for family and friends, and it proved very popular. 

We started taking a stall to summer shows and festivals, and sold jerky and fruit scrolls (made of pure fruit!). Customers loved our products, and we now make a huge range of healthy snacks and sell our wares at events all over the UK, and online. 

Having started with making and selling jerky, biltong and fruit leathers, we now make and offer a wider range of delicious foodstuffs (including vegan options!) such as smoked cheeses, smoked peanut butters, relishes and pickles, some made to authentic historical recipes, all made using natural processes and without unnecessary chemicals, gums,

preservatives etc. that are commonly found in commercial brands.  All our marinades are also made in-house using only fresh ingredients - we avoid using artificial flavourings or sweeteners. 

In the wake of the recent horse-meat scandal in the UK we launched a new range of horse-meat jerky called “My Brittle Pony” which has proved incredibly popular and has attracted press attention. We also offer products made from other unusual meats such as rabbit… and recently launched “Pet a Manger”, a plain chicken jerky designed as a treat for pet cats and dogs as well as making the Worlds Hottest Jerky 

We attend a wide range of festivals and historical re-enactments every year, not only selling our wares but giving demonstrations of historical food preparation and preserving foods with an authentic smoker.

We also offer skinning and butchery courses at least twice a year where participants not only get to learn the skills of how to make the most of their animal but also get the chance to make their own sausages and jerky to take home. 

We handle all aspects of food production ourselves, including the marinating, drying and smoking in our custom built workshop in our home. 

Now, down to the nitty gritty: we need new equipment so we can make even more of our tasty, homemade foods. We need to raise at least £5500 for four new dryers and a vacuum sealer to prepare and package tasty treats for customers old and new. Over the last couple of years, despite our hard work and expanding business, we have been challenged mightily. The ( lack of ) summer has seriously and negatively impacted our show sales. We found ourselves at flooded and cancelled shows - doing little to no trade which is where most of our income is generated. This motivated us to focus on, and develop wholesale orders. More recently, a fire in our commercial kitchen destroyed 1 of our dryers. Luckily, it was contained quickly and no stock was damaged. We do however need to replace and repair equipment before we run out of the yummy stuff ! That's where you guys come in. To reach our goal would allow us to continue to trade uninterrupted and take on larger wholesale orders, securing the future of our beloved family business. Should we surpass our goal, any extra funds would be used simply - to buy even more dryers and sealers ! Cos there is no such thing as too much jerky !  

Risks and challenges

We have aging machinery and we need to replace it urgently in order to sustain our sales base. Given our increasing sales to wholesalers such as breweries, for a unique jerky made with the breweries' own beer, the expansion of our business in this direction this is an urgent need

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    A MASSIVE thank you on our wall of "Thanks"

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    An introduction to our jerky, a free 20g bag of Red Wine and Cracked Black Pepper Jerky beef jerky ( if your veggie it can be swapped for a tofu version) and a 10% discount from your next order.

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    You will receive 1 Red Wine Beef jerky) if you don't eat meat its possible to swap for Tofu version), an Apple and Cinnamon and Ginger Fruit Leather made from 100% fresh fruit and 1 Eldeflower and Apple Crisps made from fresh Elderflower and apples

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    (If your feeling even more altruistic, you can exchange the jerky and the fruit leathers for 2 x 50g bag of our Pet-A-Mange Gourmet Pet jerky, which is made from air dried fresh chicken fillet) as well as a bag of the Elderflower fruit crisps

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    Pledge £15 or more About $22

    This reward is 3 packs of our Honey Roast Smoked range ( Nuts, Seeds and Chilli Nuts ) , we smoke the nuts etc first then lightly roast them with honey and a pinch of salt with a 10% of your next order coupon

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    You will get 3 of our top selling jerkies Sinfully Spicy, Beef and Theakstons Ale, Red Wine and Cracked Pepper ( if your veggie you can swap like for like with the tofu jerkies) , 2 Fruit Leathers, 1 Elderflower and Apple Crisps

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    Marinade Madness :- this reward is 4 or our homemade, smoked marinades, ideal for making jerky or for sprinkling on meat etc ( Buccaneer Marinade, Lewis and Clark Marinade, Lincolnshire Poacher and Smoked Chilli BBQ sprinkles)

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    The Four Horsemen :- this reward is 4 packs of our My Brittle Pony

    Range Phwoar Horse ( chilli) , Red Rum ( Captain Morgans Rum, Ginger and Garlic), Black Beauty ( Guinness, onions and garlic) and Pioneer ( a recipe used on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804)

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    The Mixed Beast....this reward is an introduction to the many flavours / animals we can jerk, you will get 1 Lamb jerky, 1 Horse Jerky, 1 Rabbit Jerky, 1 Beef jerky, 1 Kangaroo jerky and 1 Bacon Jerky and a 10% off voucher for your next order voucher

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    Pledge £50 or more About $74

    Dinner for Four...we will send you 4 of our Gourmet Dried Meals...(Venison, beef or lamb) with 4 portions of smoked spiced rice, 2 Beef Jerkies, 2 fruit leathers, 2 packs of smoked honey roasted seeds.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $89

    Smoked Gourmet Hamper....Smoked Camembert, Smoked Stilton, Smoked Chilli Mature Welsh Cheddar, Smoked Herby Mature Welsh Cheddar, plain smoked Mature Welsh Cheddar, handmade Garlic and Herb Crackers and Smoked Chorizo. These will be posted out at the beginning of December plus 2 x 10% Vouchers

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    20% discount on all our products for 5 years

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    Get your name splashed all over our meat ! this is a one off reward, we will take a recipe idea from you, make a test batch, send you 5 sample bags and if you like the result it will go into production and the jerky will be named after you or named after a person of your choice with your / their picture on the label ( if your a reenactor or LARPer it could be in your costume, or if not a photo or caricature maybe )

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    20% discount for 30 years and a Dinner for Four ( same as the £50 pledge)

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    A course run at our workshop for you and 4 other people where we will teach you to skin and butcher a whole deer, teach you how to make sausages and jerky and you will take home all the jerky and sausages that comes off the deer as well as the salted hide. If you copy and paste this into google its a short clip of one of our larger courses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyyEhgS_EPo

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