Five to watch: Jim Cregan and Suzie Cregan, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee Ltd
The creative brand introducing ready-to-drink iced coffee to the UK
Jim Cregan and Suzie Cregan, 32 and 35
Company: Jimmy’s Iced Coffee Ltd
The most impressive thing about brother-and-sister duo Jim and Suzie Cregan’s quirky, ready-to-drink iced coffee brand is the sheer number of retailers that are already on board. Starting with Selfridges, the product has been picked up by a host of stores including Waitrose, Ocado, WHSmith, Welcome Break, Londis and more; a hugely impressive feat for an independent drinks producer. Spotting a gap in the drinks market – Cregan returned from a year in Australia frustrated at the lack of iced coffee in the UK – he originally planned to franchise an existing Australian brand. After partnering with his sister though and concocting various prototypes of the product in her existing café, the original and innovative Jimmy’s Iced Coffee brand was born.
Having recently made the Startups 100 list of up-and-coming businesses, the company has ambitious plans for the next year, including securing venture capital funding to drive its fast-growth strategy. With its strong, likeable brand and the number of stockists increasing all the time, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee is one of our hot tips for next year.