Andy Bell backs Fuel Hub as part of a £1.2m investment to help fuel top UK sports teams and athletes

Investment: (L to R) James Laithwaite, Andy Bell, Michelle Laithwaite and Fergus Lyons.

Healthy meal delivery provider, Fuel Hub, has secured a £1.2m investment to help fulfil its ambition to become the go-to nutrition partner of sports teams and athletes.

Fuel Hub was founded in 2019 by husband-and-wife team, James and Michelle Laithwaite, a retired professional rugby league player and former global wholesale fashion manager, respectively. The company prepares, cooks and delivers chef-prepared, nutrition-focused meals to sports organisations and elite athletes across the UK. The company also shops weekly boxes of meals to households across the UK for those in need of healthy, nutritionally-balanced meals, that can be prepared in less than three minutes.

Following 300 per cent year-on-year growth since its launch, the company has secured investment from Andy Bell, founder of FTSE 250 investment platform AJ Bell, and Fergus Lyons, former director at AJ Bell. Bell also owns two Michelin star restaurant Moor Hall.

Working with an already impressive portfolio of teams, including Warrington Wolves, Team GB, Fulham FC, Blackpool FC and Derby Country FC, the company plans to use the investment to focus on its business on B2B sports nutrition which will be supported by its popular direct to consumer business.

Michelle and James will retain a 50 per cent ownership of Fuel Hub and will remain as CEO and COO respectively.

The funds will be used to scale operations, starting with a move into a brand new 10,000 square ft facility, which will immediately increase capacity to over 20,000 meals per week.

Fuel Hub also plans to double its staff headcount to 30 over the next 12 months and generate a similar increase in partnerships with sports organisations.

Michelle Laithwaite, CEO at Fuel Hub, said: “This investment is a turning point for our business as it provides us with the means to scale our operational capabilities and the capacity to partner with even more sports organisations and bodies across the UK.

“It’s exciting to be able to tap into the expertise of Andy and Fergus, and we’re looking forward to building on the impressive growth we have achieved since we started. We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the untapped and lucrative market for nutritionally balanced meals for elite sports people.”

Andy Bell, CEO and Founder of AJ Bell, said: “Great businesses need great products and great people. Fuel Hub has both. Michelle and James’ enthusiasm for what is clearly a thriving business in an untapped market made this one of my easier investment decisions.”

James Laithwaite, COO and Founder at Fuel Hub, said: “Whether it’s on training days, pre-and-post match or at home, I personally know the barriers teams and athletes face when getting their hands on quality nutrition. I know the impact the right food has on your physical and mental wellbeing and this is paramount to perform at your best – be that in sport, business or day-to-day life. The investment will enable us to provide even more teams and athletes with the crucial nutrition they need to perform at the highest level.”

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