Name: Simon McCann and Nicolas Holzherr

Age: 23

Business: Co-Go Coffee to Go Ltd

Service: Coffee Retailer


University Attended: Aston University

Year Graduated: 2009


Co-Go Coffee to Go uses a 4 metre tall coffee cup shaped pod to provide fair-trade coffee house products to on-the-go consumers. The Co-Go Pod is designed with practicality in mind but also to enhance the image of the surrounding area through its professional, high quality finish. The “to-go” focus allows Co-Go to provide the highest quality coffee in convenient locations served quickly with friendly service.

At a glance....

Started Trading: September 2009

Turnover: £50,000

Investment: £8,000

Number of Employees: 6

Business Start Up Growth:

Simon and Nick spent their university years sipping mediocre coffee and through their travelling managed to experience high quality coffee and decided to bring it to the UK market.

Co-Go launched in 2010 an online retail store aimed at selling the highest quality coffee and educating the consumer on how to best prepare it, the flavours to look out for and the origins of the coffee.

Co-Go Coffee is targeted at the university and business consumer market and currently operates in Birmingham and is looking to expand across the Midlands and nationally in the future. 

Business Achievements/Awards:

Nominated for HSBC Start Up of the year 2010

Nominated for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Start Up of the year 2010

Nicolas Holzherr awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the year 2010 by Insider Magazine

Entrepreneurs of the Future Regional Winner and National Runner Up

Bath University Students in Free Enterprise Elevator Pitch Winner 2009

Aston University Dragons Den Winner 2009

Co-Go Coffee broke even within 6 months of trading and has formed a partnership in 2010 with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to launch a joint venture to help build awareness and raise money for the hospital.

Co-Go Coffee on how FlyingStart Make It Happen has helped:

The networking and advice provided at the events proves invaluable as it provides support networks that you can call upon when required. The event held at Aston University introduced us to an entrepreneur incubator called BSEEN and Entrepreneurs For The Future who we are now involved with, as well as information about the bank (HSBC) that would provide us with the finance to help our expansion.”

About the Make It Happen Programme:

Make It Happen (MIH) is a new national programme to support recent and ‘about to become’ graduates setting up in business. It's FREE to take part and is funded by the UK Government and delivered by National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, HSBC and Business Link.