Tomorrow, I’ll be visiting a potential spot for our board games café in Withington, Manchester. Now don’t get too excited, because A) We’re not fully financed yet and B) I suspect that a light breeze could level the place overnight. We will see…
As it happens, I’m just putting the finishing touches on our official business plan which will (hopefully) secure our startup loan. Once we’ve got that sorted, we can crack on with the lease and Kickstarter.
Now let me tell you, we’ve …got some ridiculous ideas for the campaign that we know will enthuse, entertain and win-over the backers that we need. I really can’t wait to share them with you. For now, let's just say that immortality awaits a single backer!
All the details will go up when we're ready to take our tabletop adventure over the funding finish-line. The money from the Kickstarter will help us create a space to play games that's comfortable, cosy and more than fit-for-purpose.
Not to mention ensuring that we've got the best-damn library of board games for miles around! Still, it’s nice to keep things moving along and I’m happy to report that we’re well on-track to open next March.
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Before I go, here’s something I made whilst on hold with the bank: our beautiful business plan in artsy-format. 30 minutes well-spent, I reckon.
We love board game cafés, we think they’re awesome. They’re perfect for an evening’s entertainment with friends, colleagues or complete strangers. But... what is a "board game cafe"?
For the uninitiated, as they're still relatively uncommon in the UK. It's simply a spot to play tabletop or board games with friends and family. The advantage being, that there's a big selection of games for your to play and (usually) lots of lovely food and drink available.
Right now, South Manchester doesn’t really have a dedicated board games café/bar- and we’re on a mission to change that! Ours will be a space for everyone to enjoy; whether you’re a complete beginner, casual player or a seasoned strategist.
We’ll ensure that the experience is always affordable, accessible and that the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We’re also committed to establishing ourselves as an ethical business, one that treats staff, suppliers, customers, and the environment with respect. So, alongside the massive collection of board games, we’ll be serving simple and tasty vegan/vegetarian snacks and light-bites together with carefully selected fairtrade coffees.
Our mission is give people access to a massive games library for around the same price as a craft beer, without the need for that the big investment. In keeping with this, we’ll also be offering a membership discount package for our repeat customers (and our early-backers!)
Assuming we hit our fundraising goals, our selection of games will really showcase the variety that modern board games have to offer, right from day one!
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And we’re off! Website development has started and we’re making lots of decisions about what services to use in the day-to-day running of the café. Our company ‘Goodtime Games Limited’ actually exists now, and should have a business account within a few days.
When I’ve got that sorted, I can migrate this website to a paid-for host and begin purchasing some more business essentials. Obviously, we’ll need to secure a startup loan and premises along the way but I’m confident that can be sorted before the end of December 2020.
The next big steps will be developing our menu and board game library. We’re aiming to stock around 300 board game titles from our opening day. Things like marketing will all go into overdrive once we’ve secured a location.
I’ll be sure to post regular updates as I’m sure it will help me stay sane whilst we get things off the ground. Until next time!