Big Fang Collective secures £5.5m for further UK expansion

By James McAllister

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Big Fang Collective secures £5.5m for further UK expansion

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Competitive socialising group Big Fang Collective has secured £5.5m in growth capital from alternative lender ThinCats to support its expansion plans.

Big Fang, which is backed by Imbiba, is looking to launch into three new cities this year with multiple venues planned.

The group currently operates six sites under its Golf Fang brand in Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield and Cardiff.

In 2023 it launched an immersive karaoke concept called Big Fang Karaoke at its flagship Liverpool venue, as well as in-house pizzeria Nothing Cheezy.

“Following a successful year in 2023 we are excited to further accelerate our venue growth plans with the support of ThinCats and our investors, Imbiba,” says Big Fang Collective in a statement.

“We now have heads 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 yet.”

ThinCats’ funding comes after Big Fang recently revealed plans to develop new competitive socialising concepts and open six new sites over the next two years​ as part of its aim to secure a presence in every major UK city by 2025.

“It is fantastic to be involved with a business like Big Fang who clearly have a strategy to grow their brand across the UK,” says Mike Dinnell, director of business development at ThinCats.

“The management team has an ambitious vision and are really pushing the boundaries of the crazy golf experience. I am excited to see their continued growth and to be on this journey with them.”

Big Fang also operates Birdies Bar in Birmingham.

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