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Company Drinks is moving to a permanent home in Barking Park. Help us renovate the building and set up a community kitchen.
Company Drinks is moving to a permanent home in Barking Park. Help us renovate the building and set up a community kitchen.
216 backers pledged £15,043 to help bring this project to life.

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OUR NEW STRETCH TARGET IS £15.000 

A BIG THANK YOU to all our supporters so far who helped us reach our initial target of £12.500!  Our new stretch target is an extra £2,500 which will pay for new flooring in our main function room and a basic outdoor classroom. 

Company Drinks is a new type of community drinks enterprise that links east London’s history of 'going hop-picking' with a full drinks production cycle: from picking to bottling, branding to trading and reinvesting. 

Join us in keeping the tradition of 'going picking' alive in east London.

Shirley Smith's family, Tipple Farm, Kent, 1950s
Shirley Smith's family, Tipple Farm, Kent, 1950s

We are working with local residents of all ages and backgrounds to make healthy, locally produced drinks that benefit the wider community of Barking and Dagenham. We forage, glean and harvest fruit, flowers and herbs which we turn into sodas and cordials of delicious and unusual flavours, such as Japanese Knotweed and Strawberry Ade, Green Hop Tonic and Rosemary Cordial.

Family fruit picking trip to Kent, July 2016
Family fruit picking trip to Kent, July 2016

 

Molecular Fizz Lab, Millenium Centre, Dagenham, August 2015
Molecular Fizz Lab, Millenium Centre, Dagenham, August 2015

We are a not-for-profit organisation and any surplus funds feed back into our public programme. So far, more than 36,000 people across London have engaged with us, and over 2,400 Barking and Dagenham residents have taken part in our activities, producing more than 20,000 drinks in 2016.

2016 Company Drinks Range
2016 Company Drinks Range

After three years of being nomadic, setting up a borough-wide production and support network, we now have the chance to move to a permanent base in Barking Park. The building and it's location are perfect for us.

All we have to do now is raise the money to renovate it and set up a proper production and training kitchen.

Barking Park Pavilion, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Barking Park Pavilion, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Council-owned Barking Pavilion has been offered to us on a long-term lease, but has been empty for three years and needs a serious makeover to make it into the community space we know it can be.

Tri-functional new base for Company Drinks
Tri-functional new base for Company Drinks

Your support will allow us to move in and move on, and we've got a wonderful range of Company Drinks rewards in return:

From our Top Ten Picking Tips by e-mail or postcard ...

To an exclusive Company Drinks 'C' badge, which entitles you to a free drink at any of our upcoming events ...

Golden C Badge (Kickstarter edition)
Golden C Badge (Kickstarter edition)

To our brand new Barking & Dagenham 'BAD Cola' T-shirt ...

BAD T-Shirt (Kickstarter Special)
BAD T-Shirt (Kickstarter Special)

As well as a limited edition hamper ...

Company Drinks Mini Hamper
Company Drinks Mini Hamper

Or an exclusive Museum Collection set, as recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum ...

Company Drinks Museum Collection
Company Drinks Museum Collection

We are offering a practical video tutorial on how to make your own cordials, with mixologist Lottie Muir sharing some of her amazing mocktail and cocktail recipes. Or if you need some ideas for a social or cultural enterprise, book an online session with us and some of our long-term specialist advisors. 

Also, two lucky people can have a drink named after them, or you can sponsor a piece of our kitchen equipment, or a whole part of the space!

If it's an experience you're after, you can come hopping with us in glorious Kent, or up to six of you can head to award-winning Square Root, where you'll spend a day learning how to make your own drink. 

Hop-picking trip, Little Finchcock Farm, Kent, September 2016
Hop-picking trip, Little Finchcock Farm, Kent, September 2016

Your money will allow us to

- Set up a training and production kitchen in one of the former changing rooms

- Renovate the existing club room which can host up to 80 people and is ideal for our many different social and cultural events

- Refurbish the existing tea kitchen as a small catering kitchen for in-house events

- Plant and maintain an ingredients garden in our beautiful outdoor space

- Run more Molecular Fizz Labs, Hopping Afternoons, picking trips and drinks making workshops for local organisations and residents

We could not do any of this without your contributions. Thank you so much for supporting us!

 

Risks and challenges

We've been running local hopping sessions, picking trips and drinks making workshops for three years now. Company Drinks is a very popular and much loved local project, and everyone involved wants it to stay, and to grow.

The new building is crucial, as it will allow us to bring our different activities together under one roof, to produce more drinks and to have a central meeting place.

We've worked really hard to get to this point: setting up a strong local support network, finding the building, raising as much of the money we can ourselves and generally working all the hours to get this ready.

The big risk is that we don't make our target and can't take over the pavilion as a community facility this September - which would be a huge disappointment to everyone involved with Company Drinks. Too many already existing ideas for the new place would have to be put on hold, and too many collective ambitions for our new base might not make it over the winter season.

Barking & Dagenham isn't a wealthy area, so we need much wider support to make this happen. There's no way we can make this a reality without your donations via Kickstarter.

With everyone's continued enthusiastic support we will make sure that Company Drinks becomes a permanent community space and a new type of company to be proud of.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Our Top Ten Picking Tips

    We've been polishing our picking skills over the last three years, hunting for flowers and fruit across green urban spaces. Receive our top tips as a postcard or e-card, and become part of a new global picking community.

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    Exclusive Golden C Badge & free drink

    We are issuing 100 of our special golden C badges. That is a capital C as in Company, Community, Culture and "we need some Cash". Wear the badge at any of our future events and you will receive a free drink.

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    BAD T-shirt (Kickstarter only)

    A T-shirt inspired by our famous BAD Cola label which was branded by some youngsters in Barking and Dagenham (BaD). Get this design classic before our special print run for Kickstarter sells out. Remember to let us know your size (S-XL).

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    Make and Mix Video Tutorial

    Learn how to make cordials, cocktails and mocktails. We'll explain how to make simple infusions to extract flavour, using almost any flower or fruit you can find in your garden or neighbourhood. World-renowned mixologist Lotti Muir will share some of her amazing recipes so you can impress with foraged, home-made, local and seasonal drinks! Can't top that.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Company Drinks Mini Hamper

    Everything you need for a picnic. Two of our delicious summer sodas, two miniature cordials (usually only available in Barking & Dagenham), coasters and two Company Drinks cups to enjoy them from. The hamper comes in a special box with our logo on it. Makes a perfect gift!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Tickets to Frieze art fair

    A ticket to annual art fair, Frieze. These exclusive tickets give you entry to the fair any day from 5-8th October. Visit Company Drinks on the terrace for a surprise on the day.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $58

    Preview VIP invites to Frieze art fair

    A preview VIP ticket to annual art fair, Frieze. These exclusive tickets give you entry to the fair from 6pm on Frieze preview day (4th October) and from 11am any day thereafter (5-8th October). Visit Company Drinks on the terrace for a surprise on the day.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Exclusive Hop Picking Trip

    Join us at our annual Hop Picking Trip to a National Trust-owned working hop farm in the heart of Kent. The location is stunning and you'll be shown around the historic oast houses with historian Toby Butler and will join some former hop pickers at the 'hopping bin'. Picnic and beverages included. The trip will take place on 8th September, or another date by arrangement.

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    Sponsor a piece of kitchen equipment

    Sponsor a piece of our new kitchen equipment, like a fruit press, a fridge, a pasteuriser or a bottling station. To say thanks, we'll have your name engraved on it and send you a picture and a specially designed Company Drinks certificate.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $77

    VIP tickets to Frieze art fair

    A VIP ticket to annual art fair, Frieze. These exclusive tickets give you entry to the fair from 2pm on Frieze preview day (4th October) and from 11am any day thereafter (5-8th October). Visit Company Drinks on the terrace for a surprise on the day.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $129

    The Museum Collection

    The Victoria and Albert Museum have recently acquired a bespoke selection of Company Drinks products for their collection. Get the whole set plus a hand drawing from Kathrin Böhm showing 'The Economy as a Drinks Cabinet'. Comes in a special archival box with our logo and certificate.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $258

    Company Advice Online

    Planning to set up a community enterprise with a strong social and cultural side to it? Need some input in how to manage diverse economies and work with communities? Get a bespoke video session with the people who run Company Drinks, with input from the specialists they regularly consult with including economist Katherine Gibson, curator Kuba Szreder, artist Kate Rich, and others.

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    Pledge £600 or more About $774

    Bottle Your Own Drink with Square Root

    Spend a day or evening with our long term partners, award-winning drinks makers Square Root. Up to 10 of you can design and make your own drink from scratch at Square Root HQ in east London, and get to take away 100 bottles of it! Great wedding or birthday party gift.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,289

    Have a Drink Named After You

    Have a Company Drinks soda named after you. You will be immortalised for a season, and will receive three cases of the drink for you to show off.

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    Pledge £3,500 or more About $4,513

    A Social for a Social

    Sponsor the transformation of one of the social areas in our new building, and get a bespoke social event for up to 50 people in return.

    We need money to make the function room functional, set up an outdoor classroom and turn the existing tea kitchen into a proper everyone-having-a-cup-of-tea space.

    In return, we’ll either run a special event for you, for up to 50 people; or organise a bespoke picking trip; or stock a Company Drinks Cabinet in your home/office/place of work for a whole year.

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