THE Business of the Week is Mugpods – a Bolton Nespresso Compatible Pod company set up by Michael Parker and his business partner Jack Bramhall from Tyldesley.

About Us

We are Mugpods, an online store - specialising in Nespresso compatible pods including the world’s first hot chocolate, double shot coffee and milkshake pods saving customers up to 40% on their coffee. Previously nominated for Bolton and Bury’s Start-up of the year award, we are not only celebrating our second birthday, but are very proud to be launching brand new packaging and a subscription service.

Where it started

Mugpods began in 2015, as a self-funded small business to bring a fantastic range of coffee, hot chocolate and milkshakes to the UK market – all the way from Australia.

We were able to build an ecommerce shop, import from more than 16,000km away, store and begin distribution within a matter of weeks. Originally starting from a racked-out garage, most parcels were packed and shipped in the evenings. Since then the company has grown its revenue 300%, requiring its own office and warehousing in Coe Street Bolton, with both co-founders now working and packing orders daily.

What makes us unique?

Having world’s first products helped us make a big impact quickly and we couldn’t have done it without the support of friends, family and our manufacturer PODiSTA who we are now the distributor for UK and Europe. As we have grown we have always been learning, but most importantly as our costs reduce we have passed the savings onto our customers – that’s why this year we have reduced our prices twice whilst competitors and even the main brand have been doing the opposite. We are also very proud to now have over 400 reviews (average 4.8 stars) highlighting both the quality and flavours – with our aim to give our customers the best Nespresso compatible pods.