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Is the coffee industry profitable? 

Café culture is dominating the food and drink market in Britain. The number of coffee shops in the UK is rising, as speciality coffees from around the world become a serious hit with Brits. £4.3 billion was spent on coffee in 2018.

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For SaleCafe Business With 5 Star Hygiene RatingWakefield, West Yorkshire
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We’re becoming a nation of coffee connoisseurs, in addition to our long history with the traditional British cup of tea. UK coffee shops have celebrated 20 consecutive years of market growth, according to Allegra’s Project Cafe 2019 Report.

A nation of coffee connoisseurs

Research by Mintel has also found over 81% of people now visit a coffee shop on a weekly basis.

With a constant thirst for hot drinks and a caffeine fix, a variety of quirky tea rooms, artisan coffee shops and independent cafes are springing up across the UK to address the needs of Brits.

Most recently we’ve seen cafés providing healthy and vegan ranges and some focused on being eco-friendly; putting the environment before profits.

We’ve also seen a huge rise in animal cafés across cities in the UK. So whilst your enjoying your latte you can enjoy stroking the purring cat on your lap. 

And then we have the picture-purrfect spot. Café’s that provide the opportunity to capture fun and interesting photos are a real hit with the Instagram-lovers. 

Animal cafes in the UK
Free Wi Fi

It’s not just the food, drink, animals or photos that’s driving café culture.

More remote working opportunities and the availability of free Wi-Fi in cafés and coffee shops are also influencing the market, as customers enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and caffeine fix whilst typing away on their laptop.

The rise of café culture in the UK

With increased demand comes increased competition, so it’s crucial to be unique and stand out from your competitor’s, whether that’s by basing a shop around a certain theme/niche or creating a unique atmosphere.

As towns and cities evolve we’re seeing cafés become a real destination, providing an extraordinary experience to the customer.

Whether it’s cakes or cats, it is evident to see that the demand for café and coffee shops is ever-growing. 

This makes them a great potential business venture that can generate significant revenue, whilst also generating healthy profits.

The success of any café/coffee shops depends on a variety of factors such as business management skills, pricing, costs, customer base and location.

However, the cost of sourcing coffee ingredients can be relatively low, allowing for some healthy margins.

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According to research undertaken by Mintel, the UK coffee shop market has gone through its largest growth period since 2008, when the market was valued at £2.2 billion

Since then, it has been predicted that coffee shop sales will increase by 29%, hitting around £4.3 billion.

Coffee shop sales

Spent on coffee

Are coffee shops a good investment

Are coffee shops a good long-term investment?

As one of the UK’s biggest business brokers we list all the latest cafés and coffee shops for sale. 

At Hilton Smythe we have a wide range of cafés for sale and coffee shops for sale. Get searching now to find your ideal coffee shop, tea room or local café for sale across the UK.

We have a great range of cafés for sale across the UK, see what we have to offer!

We’ll never be a tea-total country

There is nothing more quintessentially British than a cup of tea, (or a brew as we like to call it up North) so the demand for tea is going nowhere. To add it all up, the British population consumes a whopping 95 million cups of tea every day!

The most popular type of tea in the UK is English Breakfast tea, but there are many other types which are becoming common including green tea, earl grey and other herbal infusions. 

Cafés and coffee shops are often busy seven days a week and serve as a welcoming meeting point for families, colleagues and friends. Did you know that 81% of us visit coffee shops on a weekly basis? So whether you prefer tea or coffee, buying a cafe could fulfil your aspirations of becoming a successful business owner.

Not only will you be helping the nation continue its tea and coffee addiction, but this real excitement of transformation cafés and coffee shops are now providing holds a wider range of profitable opportunities.

Tea shops for sale

Restaurant Ideas: Top 3 Restaurants in Manchester 

Takk Cafe for sale

1. Takk Coffee House

With three outlets now in Manchester, Takk is an independent coffee company on a mission to create a welcoming space to work, talk, meet and more. 

Takk has been heavily inspired by Scandinavia and Iceland, giving the whole place a distinctive, unique nordic feel. 

An accommodating menu means that meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans can all share a great experience in Takk.

2.  The Mess

A strong social impact is at the forefront of ‘The Mess’ coffee shop.

Their aim is to offer support & training to vulnerable people who have come straight out of prison or rehab. 

With a strong focus on fresh, local suppliers, The Mess is firmly rooted within their community, all while serving a delicious coffee. 

Every purchase made in the cafe goes towards reducing reoffending in the city.

the mess manchester cafe for sale
Ezra & Gil manchester

3.  Ezra & Gil

Ezra & Gil takes pride in its contemporary urban venue, offering fresh coffee and imaginative light meals.

Starting off with a strong brand was important with Ezra & Gil, (“Ezra” meaning helper and “Gil” meaning happiness). 

Stepping inside the cafe will give you a nostalgic yet modern feeling, completely unique to them.

A second site is set to open soon which just shows the amazing response and commercial success that Ezra & Gil has had so far.

How do I get funding to buy a café?

Commercial Finance

So now you’ve decided that you want to venture into the world of café culture. You’ve planned the interior design of the shop, the products, the location and the atmosphere you intend on creating. That’s all great but, how are you going to fund it all?

At Hilton Smythe, we go one step further than showing you what businesses are available – we also have our own independent finance company, Hilton Smythe Financial Services, to help buyers finance the purchase of their dream business.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an industry pro, experienced barista or a first-time buyer, our financial services team can help you find the funding you require.

Speak to one of our friendly experts today.

Call 01204 920 132 to contact one of our specialist team for a discreet, no obligation discussion of your particular needs for commercial finance.

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