BigBarn gets bigger with Crowd Funding

What better way to achieve BigBarn’s mission to build a new LOCAL food industry than to invite all to put their money where their mouths are, and invest.

80% of people say they want local food and are fed up with reading about the National Food Industry. Where farmers only get, on average, 9p in every £1 spent on food in the supermarket, where this lack of income causes food scares through cost cutting, and huge factory farms are planned decreasing animal welfare.

Most people want to see a viable alternative and is why BigBarn exists. After trading for 10 years BigBarn has built the tools, database, knowledge and partners, to grow local supply chains where they already exist or build them everywhere else. A supply chain where farmers get a fair price, food is grown for flavour, not shelf life, animal welfare is obvious and local people are even encouraged to Crop for the Shop.

The more demand the more supply and the cheaper the food will get.

BigBarn is already a Community Interest Company and is offering its community’s of producers and consumers, in other words, everyone, the opportunity to buy shares in the business and share in its current, and future, success.

Crowd funding means that anyone can invest, from £30 to £30,000+, and get shares and a number of extra benefits. The money raised will be used to expand on BigBarn’s long list of products and services to catalyse the growth of local food trade throughout the UK.

By investing shareholders will be encouraged to shop locally, helping build their local supply chain and know that the more they shop and tell their friends, and the more their shares and dividends will be worth.

Wow, could it really be this easy? YES, if we act! For more on this WIN WIN opportunity email to get on the share offer register or subscribe to BigBarn’s free post code specific newsletter.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jerry Allpren on June 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

    All sounds rather rose tinted to me. The supermarkets are doing a great job providing a huge number of products in one place. With their buying power we also get a great deal. Surely your local supply chain is going to make food more expensive?


    • Thanks Jerry and I know what you mean, I used to love the supermarket one stop shop. As a farmer though we sell our onions at £110/ton and see them on the Tesco shelf 2 days later for the equivalent of £850/ton. If we could sell to local farm shops at £200 and they sold them at £400 we would all make a good return and the consumer get them at half price.

      As we get so little for out onions we have to specialise and grow in bulk. If we grew for locals and get a better price we would grow a wider range of crops and start to choose varieties of veg for flavour rather than yield and shelf life. Trouble is it is all a bit of chicken and egg, but farm shops do exist and are getting more popular BigBarn needs to get more local shoppers as quickly as possible.


  2. Posted by Jon Gregory on June 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I like the idea and know that local seasonal food is cheaper and better at my local farm shop. Not sure if the whole shopping basket is cheaper though?


    • Thanks for this, and yes I agree, I have found however that where I might pay a bit more for milk and say, biscuits in the farm shop, I am not tempted by the, so called, bargains and bogofs at the supermarket, and my total shop is cheaper.


  3. Posted by Mary Foster on June 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Sounds great but can it really happen? The supermarkets are so powerful with their high spend on marketing and getting their customers addicted to loyalty schemes.


    • Well yes it already is happening in many parts of the country and all we really need to do is shop locally to encourage more local production. The more we shop the more farmers produce and the cheaper the food becomes as economies of scale are reached.

      Many people shop locally every week for their fresh meat & veg and leave other goods for the supermarket once a month. They also buy fuel and pay their bills with the supermarket card and get their points that way.

      We already have 6,700 local food outlets on our map, provide online shops like the supermarkets and case studies and advice to spread best practice. We can make it happen.


  4. I like it! How do I invest in BigBarn?


    • Thanks Paul, I have your email so, in the next 10 days, i will send you the link to the invitation video, and where you can download the business plan financial forecast and share offer. If anyone else is interested please email


  5. Posted by Louise Campbell on June 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Good luck Ant! Looking forward to updates on how it’s going.


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