London Wine Week 2016

London Wine Week was back with a bang last week. Nowhere else on the planet can you experience the world in a wine glass...all in one city.

We got on board with our festival wristbands, which act as your passport to sample over 500 wines in 125 venues across the capital, and with the chance to experience wines from 20 different countries, we were definitely up for the challenge! 

Basically, this is London's largest self-guided wine tasting, and we went to find out what was going down!

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The Entrepreneur-spiration Series: The Seedlip Story

Our second interview this month is with Ben Branson, founder of Seedlip Ltd.

Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Yes, that is correct, a spirit without alcohol. 

It’s interesting to check your initial reaction at this point. Brilliant or brainless? Which camp are you in?

Either way Seedlip has got people talking and Ben has created a completely new category of drink, and one that has the high end food and drink industry abuzz with excitement at the alcohol free possibilities that this innovation makes possible. 

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The Entrepreneur-spiration Series: Going nuts for Pip & Nut

This month, we popped over to The Nest in Hackney Downs Studios to meet the lovely Pip Murray, founder of exciting new nut butter brand Pip & Nut

Our aim was to learn more about how this new and rather exciting range of high protein, all natural nut butters that has taken the grocery and health food market by storm, and to hear more about Pip’s startup story as a female founder. 

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The Ones to Watch: Our soft drink highlights from London Coffee Festival 2016

Last week saw close to 35,000 people heading over to the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane for London Coffee Festival 2016. We went along to check out the movers and shakers of the drinks scene and to meet the brands making waves with new launches, tastes and innovations.

Here are some of our soft drinks highlights, our pick of the ones to watch in 2016…

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The Entrepreneur-spiration Series: Ugly Drinks

This month we went out to meet the boys…. and things got Ugly! (Ugly Drinks that is!) 

Meet co-founders Joe Benn and Hugh Thomas of Ugly Drinks.

These two are turning the soft drinks market on its head by showing the goliaths of the industry that start ups are the way it’s done these days & that you CAN make a tasty soft drink with zero sugar, zero sweetener, and without anything artificial. 

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5 Branding Rules & Why Consistency is Key

This week we are talking about branding because when you are creating a business you are also creating a brand. 

At that moment, as well as setting up your company and coming up with your product concept, you also have the power and ability to start to distinguish yourself from the rest of your market by your actions and words, how you look, and how you treat your customers.  

You are about to create the building blocks of your brand.

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​The Entrepreneur-spiration Series: Talking Double Dutch

Welcome to the first in our Entrepreneur-spiration blog series. This month we are excited to share the story of entrepreneur duo, Joyce & Raissa de Haas; Co-Founders of award winning new premium mixer brand Double Dutch.

These twins are taking the premium mixer market by storm with the launch of their delicious, low calorie drinks and unique brand philosophy.

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4 Life Lessons for Entrepreneurs: The Joy Mangano Story

At the cinema watching a movie, surrounded by popcorn & pick'n’mix I wasn’t expecting to find my next blog post, but that’s how these things go sometimes. 

Joy, is the new film from American Hustle director David O Russell, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. But what really caught my attention was the the story of the woman behind the lead character, Joy Mangano - a single mum and inventor turned entrepreneur who designed a revolutionary mop and made her millions selling it on QVC.

Joy Mangano’s story is an inspiration to entrepreneurs and women in business everywhere, so I thought I’d share some of the entrepreneurial lessons Joy’s story has left with me and hope you find them as motivating as I did….

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How To Create A Social Media Strategy

Social media has brought businesses closer than ever before to their consumers and therefore is a an essential tool for marketers and entrepreneurs alike. Its always on, its constantly evolving, its innovative, and lets face it, as 2.1 billion out of the 7.2 billion population that makes up this world use it, you are probably using it already. 

It can also seem overly complicated and a bit of a mystery at times. Should you blog? Which social platforms should you use? How do you generate engaging content? What time of days should you post? How much time should you spend doing it? How much is too much?

The questions can be endless.

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