The Hip Hop Chip Shop...Shop?

£16,856 of £50,000 goal

Raised by 327 people in 8 months
We're opening our new restaurant in August 2018 - Unit 2, Sawmill Court, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF and need a little help over the finish line.  


We just want a proper nice licensed chippy restaurant with a duty to help the local community and a desire to preserve & progress the appreciation of hip-hop culture.

Simple food, done well catering for fish, meat, veg, vegan and gluten-free at an affordable price - with a great sound system, nice things to look at and top-notch service.

Traditional methods of finance and loans are only going so far... Our business plan, profit & loss, cashflow forecasts and past successes all stack up, but a famous chef broke loads of his restaurants so lending options are limited...


Roughly speaking, the assets and equipment equates to around £150k. I know! It's not cheap this restaurant lark! The rest is going to be used for build costs and initial cashflow.

We're still negotiating with lenders but roughly funding will come from 2 x Business Growth Loans, 3 x Personal Loans and Asset Finance/Leasing - all of which have high interest rates!

It's not all-or-nothing. If we get £5k, we'll be made up, if we make £50k or more it'd be incredible and takes a huge weight off our shoulders instead of paying loads on interest and guarentees us "bums on seats" when we open.


You don't get owt for nowt. No writing on walls, just simply buying a meal in advance (see side panel) to help us out with start-up costs. It's not fixed to these rewards, if there is something else you want to do, just get in touch.


Me, my mate (Luke) and my girlfriend (Holly), built this business from scratch just over 4 years ago and have ploughed everything we have into it... financially and physically. The support we have is unrivalled, it's unbelievable.  Everyone has been so supportive of us since we launched.

Last year we were buzzing to have won “Best Mobile Fish & Chip Operator” (National Fish & Chip Awards 2017) and “Street Food Trader Of The Year” (Manchester Food & Drink Awards 2017).

Since then, we’ve catered 200+ weddings, parties, festivals & corporate events garnering column inches in both local and national press alike - and met some heroes along the way – EPMD’s Erick Sermon, the not Game Of Thrones version of Jon Snow and Man vs. Food's Adam Richman visited us  at MediaCityUK (video)

We've always been mad on rap music, collecting awkward pics of rappers like pokemon since my early teens. Although my hair has gone the love for the artform has only grown stronger - although I've not been able to remember any lyrics from songs past 1997.


The more successful we are, the more helping hands we should offer to those around us. We’re going to work closely with:
Foodinate & Mustard Tree #EatMealGiveMeal - Just around the corner from our new spot is Mustard Tree who help people trapped in poverty and homelessness. Using foodinate, every time you buy a certain dish off our menu, we’ll donate a meal to Mustard Tree.

Wood Street Mission - They have been helping children and families in Manchester and Salford living in poverty since 1869. We’re going to help fundraising and collecting good quality children’s and adults clothing, toys, bedding and baby equipment and new toys.

Not Just Soup - We’re going to continue to provide free hot meals to Manchester’s homeless people regularly throughout the year. 

Trafford College - We volunteer on the college’s Career Ready programme offering a year-long mentorship with a student to help them prepare for the world of work.
Manchester Hip-Hop Archives - We’ll provide help and support in documenting youth culture in Manchester since the ‘80s. 


Here's a few things that we could look to host.

Gluten-free day (every month)
Art exhibitions / Live art battles
Live music performances
Jam sessions w/ live hip-hop band
Freestyle Fictionary - like a hip-hop Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Workshops for kids teaching songwriting, beatboxing, rapping etc
Documentary/Film screenings
Artist in-store album launches, interviews, signings, merch etc


We would be extremely grateful if anybody can throw a couple of quid here and there for a meal in advance whether it's a takeaway, dine-in or a group booking.
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Long overdue update time. Can you believe a car parking ticket I didn't know about from Jan 2017 has held up funding for this ENTIRE project?!?! We only found out about it in June and had to go through the court system to rectify the issue. Not something we had planned for! It's been a crazy frustrating long winded process, but it's sorted now and we're very close to getting all the funding we require approved. Our landlord has been hugely supportive and understanding throughout. We're just finalising the restaurant designs in line with amended budgets and looking to get the go ahead from Building Control by the end of the month, then we can get a schedule of works in place with our contractors, get on site and start building this vision! We can't thank you all enough for your donations and the support in general. It's been a massive learning curve already, I'd say we should be launching at some point in October, if all goes to plan (although nothing has so far - ha!), nowt worth having comes easy, if it did everyone would be doing it. We'll be keeping the option open to purchase discounted meals and donate to the homeless live as well until we launch. Ozzie
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Oof! In 2 weeks just under 200 people have raised nearly £11k (20% of target) to help fund our restaurant with at least £1.5k going towards meals for the homeless and those in need. We have about 1 month to go. It's an ideal way to get discounted meals, work night out, birthday party, graduation shindig etc ahead of time. Anything 30-40 ppl will require exclusive venue hire - please share and help spread the word. It's a pretty special feeling to get all this support, we're all proper grateful - thanks a mill! Ozzie
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