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Rockwater CEO launches new business investment network for Dorset

Rockwater Branksome - picture contributed
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13 February 2024
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Luke Davis, the founder and CEO of Rockwater, the coastal dining and lifestyle firm, revealed the group is now launching a new business investment network for Dorset.

Rockwater Angels is now open for enquiries related to joining the network as an angel investor and to existing early-stage companies seeking investment of up to £350,000.

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Rockwater initially launched its first venue in Hove, Sussex during 2020. It recently opened its doors in Branksome, Dorset in September last year. Currently, work is underway to bring a third venue to Sandbanks in Dorset this summer.

"Dorset has so much potential for growth, especially from an entrepreneurial perspective," said Davis.

"I'm sure there are several like-minded investors keen to take on a new opportunity and support early-stage businesses that would thrive with access to further investment.

"I'm really excited to incorporate this project into Rockwater’s ever-growing array of initiatives.

"Rockwater Angels will form a strong business network of investors dedicated to supporting locally-founded companies to achieve the success they deserve."

He added: "It’s really important to me that everything Rockwater does supports and benefits the wider community.

"Through the Rockwater Angels network, we’re going to providing the people of Dorset with a new opportunity to learn valuable insights from renowned business leaders in an intimate setting."

Davis' business portfolio already amasses more than 55 companies and he has had a successful background in business investment.

He founded IW Capital, a private investment house which has one of the UK’s largest investment bases for high net-worth projects.

Rockwater Angels is also poised to deliver a thriving social scene for the business community in Dorset.

There will be a programme of events including monthly meetings for the Rockwater Angels to discuss potential investments and networking, as well as guest talks from well-known entrepreneurs. These events will also be open to the public on a ticketed basis.

For all enquiries to Rockwater Angels, people are asked to contact: [email protected]

Rockwater's chairwoman is British entrepreneur, investor and former member of 'Dragons' Den' Sarah Willingham.


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Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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