Founders

Five Calderdale businesses came together to be the founders of Big Shots Coffee. Unable to find the right coffee shop for their business needs, they created their own.
Each one specialises in a different industry, and have worked together to create what the café is today.

Faith PR – the designers & communicators
Founded and directed by Stefanie and Carl Hopkins, Faith PR is one of West Yorkshire’s fastest growing PR and communications agencies having grown its turnover fivefold in the past three years. The agency delivers a wide range of services including media relations, social media management, digital marketing, design for print and web design.

Flying Saucers – the café guru
Establishing a small chain of coffee shops, Matt Bell set up Flying Saucers pottery studios within Center Parcs’ villages in the UK. He has since gone on to expand his portfolio by setting up a microbrewery, Slightly Foxed, based in Sowerby Bridge.

Henderson Property – the landlord
An independent, family-run firm, Henderson Property specialise in commercial property development based in Brighouse. With over 15 years’ experience in developing, renovating and refurbishing property in the Calder Valley and beyond, its portfolio of property developments is wide and varied, covering industrial units and workshops to offices and restaurants.

Sleigh & Story – the bookkeepers
Peter Sleigh and Debbie Story are the driving force behind Sleigh & Story, a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants, who offer a wide range of accountancy and taxation services. Its modern and forward-thinking approach to all business problems and the personal involvement of the partners, gives added value to its professional service.

Yorkshire Payments – the card processors
Founded in 2011 by James Howard, Yorkshire Payments provide a wide range of merchant services to businesses requiring payment solutions. Working directly with the UK’s leading banks, terminal manufacturers and payment gateway companies, it is Yorkshire’s only truly independent and fully licenced payment services provider. Yorkshire Payments were one of five original founders stepping down in 2016.