Gordon’s Wine Bar owner Simon Gordon seeks Facewatch app funding

Adam Hignett
Look of love: Wine drinkers sip on a few glasses at the 125-year-old Gordon’s Wine Bar
The man behind London’s famous watering hole Gordon’s Wine Bar has given himself a new task as he seeks funding for his latest project Facewatch – a crime reporting app.

Wine bar proprietor Simon Gordon, who runs the 125-year-old institution, originally hit upon the idea for the app – which enables the public and the authorities to share information on crimes – after a spate of pickpocketing incidents near the bar in Charing Cross. Aiming to raise £1.5m through crowdfunding site Crowdcube, Facewatch chief executive Richard Thompson said the nascent company is aiming to develop new models and ramp up sales.

The company raises revenue on a subscription basis, allowing firms which sign up instant access to security related incidents and accompanying CCTV imagery around their premises.

Firms can also share watch lists with other businesses; and report incidents direct to the police as “digital evidence packages’.”

Thompson said the app, which is free for police, could save the force money and many man hours a case as reports, CCTV and data are made available instantaneously.

Gordon said: “We have chosen to raise part of our current funding through Crowdcube because we felt that it would resonate with the general public – after all, who isn’t fed up with low level crime?.”

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