Big Fang Collective aims for expansion with £5.5m funding

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Growing estate: Big Fang Collective now has six sites in various UK cities and is eyeing further sites
Growing estate: Big Fang Collective now has six sites in various UK cities and is eyeing further sites

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Leisure operator Big Fang Collective is looking to expand across the UK after it secured £5.5m in growth capital from private banking firm ThinCats.

The brand was founded by Kip Piper and Dan Bolger eight years ago and has gone from its original Ghetto Golf site in Cains Brewery, Liverpool to its now half a dozen-strong estate.

Its proposition now brings together multiple concepts in one place including in-house pizzeria Nothing Cheezy and Big Fang Karaoke.

Following the multi-million pound funding from ThinCats, Big Fang is set to target sites across the nation with a number of new venues already in planning.

Further acceleration

Big Fang Collective openings timeline:

2016 – Ghetto Golf, Liverpool

2017 – Ghetto Golf, Birmingham and Birdies Bar, Liverpool

2019 – Birdies Bar, Birmingham and Ghetto Golf, Newcastle

2021 – Golf Fang, Glasgow

2022 – Golf Fang, Sheffield

A spokesperson for Big Fang Collective said: “Following a successful year in 2023, including the launch of our all-new Big Fang Karaoke concept and first in-house food brand Nothing Cheezy, we are excited to further accelerate our venue growth plans with the support of ThinCats and our investors Imbiba.

“We now have head of terms signed across three major cities and a strong pipeline for the coming year.

“With the right people, property and funding now in place, we are set to make 2024 our best year ever.”

Big Fang Collection is also backed by investment firm Imbiba and the multiple operator gas seen a rapid growth since its launch.

Funder comment

ThinCats business development director Mike Dinnell said: “It is fantastic to be involved with a business like Big Fang, which clearly has a strategy to grow across the UK.

“The management team has an ambitious vision and are really pushing the boundaries of the crazy golf experience.

“I am excited to see the continued growth and to be on this journey with Big Fang.”

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