Jim Cregan

Founder/CEO, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

Jim Cregan created his own brand, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee after an inspiring trip to Australia. He returned home not wanting to work on building sites any more and decided it was time to try something truly worthwhile. 

With a loan from his parents, Jim and his sister Sooz set about on a mammoth journey to bring awesome, ready-to-drink iced coffee to the UK and beyond. They have since gained listings in most major supermarkets and have recently began exporting. Their team, based in Christchurch are a legendary bunch and they have big ambitions to become the greatest iced coffee money can buy.

Recently, Jimmy’s has worked with a number of charities including the Wave Project and the John Egging Trust which builds confidence in young people through various brilliant programmes. Jimmy’s runs internships, hosts one day courses for kids on professionalism and presentation skills and is looking to build on their CSR project, the Keep Your Chin Up Academy.

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Jim has mentored…

The Good Slice

The Good Slice is a mobile pizzeria with a difference. For every pizza they sell they also provide a meal to someone in need.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

Jim proved a fantastic sounding board. Honest, open and humble; he provided direction and experienced opinion that really set my mind racing in terms of opportunity.

Ed Kellard, Founder, The Good Slice

Jim has mentored…

Blue Bear Coffee

Blue Bear Coffee sells single origin coffee and donates 100% of profits to organisations fighting human trafficking.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

I found my time with Jim encouraging and exciting. I am very grateful for his time and the lending library for making the introduction.

Bryn Frere Smith, Founder, Blue Bear Coffee

Jim has mentored…

ChicP

ChicP is a raw vegetable hummus company producing delicious alternative dips, founded on a passionate commitment to reducing food waste.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

Very helpful inputs and advice throughout the meeting which has left me to go and tackle various opportunities in a different way!

Hannah McCollum, Founder, ChicP

Jim has mentored

Oppidan Education

Oppidan Education supports thousands of children through one-to-one mentoring programmes privately and in schools and universities across the world.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

Kind, informative, down-to-earth and a great storyteller – Jim’s advice on business and on managing people is gospel for any aspiring entrepreneur.  

Walter Kerr, Director, Oppidan Education

Jim has mentored

Better Health Bakery

Better Health Bakery focuses on providing work skills training placements for those who have been distanced from employment due to mental ill-health.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

Jimmy’s experience and expertise are so relatable to our own model, and it was extremely reassuring to discuss business development with such a calm and knowledgeable human being.  

Lisa Donohue, Manager, Better Health Bakery

Jim has mentored

Fat Macy’s

Fat Macy’s is an award-winning catering social enterprise that gets young Londoners out of homelessness and into their own homes.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

“It was unbelievably helpful to bounce ideas around and get a sense of direction and focus after these months of great uncertainty. I’ll go into the next few weeks and months with a lot more confidence that we’ve made the right decision, and have a whole host of ideas to try out.”  

Meg Doherty, Founder, Fat Macy’s

Jim has mentored

Untapped CIC

We are a non-profit delivering art psychotherapy to vulnerable young people locally.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

Jimmy’s session helped me to cut through the overwhelm and see clearly what we need to do to increase the impact of our work – he took time to understand what we do and why, and I am very excited to get started with this fresh viewpoint. Massive thanks Jimmy!  

Sue Hamilton-White, CEO, Untapped CIC

Jim has mentored

Alpaca Coffee

Alpaca Coffee is on a mission to create better coffee for people and planet.

  • The Good Slice
  • Blue Bear Coffee
  • ChicP
  • Oppidan Education
  • Better Health Bakery
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Untapped CIC
  • Alpaca Coffee

Jim really listened and gave very useful advice on areas of growth, with aspects of the business to consider as we grow. On a human level, I felt it was easy to connect and have a genuine conversation with him. Thank you!  

Victoria Poon, CEO, Alpaca Coffee