Former Hatfield Forum barman launches cocktail business
PUBLISHED: 06:00 20 April 2013
A GRADUATE’S career has taken an unexpected twist into the cocktail trade after being inspired pulling pints in a student union bar.
Brad Cartwright studied science at the University of Hertfordshire but launched his mobile bar company after working in The Forum for three-and-a-half years.
The 22-year-old said: “I never even thought of running my own business, I did my degree in biology and psychology.
“[While working at The Forum] I really enjoyed talking to people and I thought it was like being on a night out and not drinking.
“I just loved talking to people and loved the banter with people.”
After discovering his love of bar keeping the Hatfield resident launched InTheMix Bars.
The fledgling firm served its first cocktail last March with punters now able to rent out mobile bars for a variety of events.
Brad just missed out in a Dragon’s Den-style competition at the university which would have seen the project secure £10,000 worth of funding, but is now trying to raise cash himself.
The young entrepreneur is using the latest in internet technology to collect capital. Crowd sharing sees bidders pledge cash with the promise of a reward if a target is reached.
Brad believes it is a smart investment.
“It is a young, promising business I feel,” he said. “It is something fun and they will get something out of it.”
Brad is not the only one looking to spread his love of cocktails with a Welwyn pub landlord also pouring cash into the trade.
The White Horse’s Adam Richardson now supplies bars for all manner of festivities from weddings to corporate soirees.
The owner of Brit Bars told the WHT: “Because of the pubs success we were looking to expand however we couldn’t secure the capital to buy a new premises.
“We wanted to expand and we thought laterally and expanded into a side bar business, that has really taken off.”
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