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"I have spent the last 50 years in business building Brands and People and in my semi-retirement I now focus on a few specific areas: entrepreneurial activities, mentoring, writing and philanthropy."

ENTREPRENEURSHIP:

 

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THE LAST DROP DISTILLERS LIMITED- "THE WORLD'S MOST EXCLUSIVE SPIRITS COMPANY"

Together with my long term friend and partner Tom Jago we spent most of our commercial careers building and/or creating volume brands for multinational companies...


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RISK TO REWARD - MIMECAST LTD "PROTECTING EMAILS AGAINST ATTACK"

Mimecast Limited is a provider of cloud security and risk management services for corporate information and e-mail. The Company’s suite of cloud services protects customers from the business and data security risks...


MENTORING AND OTHER EARLY-STAGE INVESTMENTS:

 "Where there is no vision the people perish"

I enjoy innovation and following exciting new ideas. I also strongly believe we have a responsibility to offer help and advice as appropriate to the next generation. For some 25 years I have been a mentor to a number of young business people and it is a pleasure to meet with them and discuss their ideas or simply to offer general advice. In some cases I am an active investor as an angel in support of a number of potential new  brands/businesses. I am also delighted to be actively involved with The Marketing Society of Great Britain, available to help future marketers in any way possible.

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HIGHLIGHTED ACTIVE INVESTMENTS:

Do look at the websites below and feel free to contact me with any enquiries.


FOOD & DRINK:

AWARD-WINNING GIN: Hawthorns

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Three years old, Hawthorn's Gin has now won three consecutive gold medals at the most prestigious spirits competition in the world, and the only one of world significance, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  Hawthorn's has cemented itself as one of the best gins in the world today which is quite an achievement for a newcomer to a largely saturated category.  Hawthorn's is now sold through at least ten countries around the world from the United States and Australia to the UK and Singapore. www.hawthornsgin.com

A UNIQUE BRITISH APERITIF: Bold Spirits

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Bold Spirits is a hand crafted, all natural, bold aperitif.  Distilled grain spirit is infused with tart, sour cherries, 15 botanicals and cassia bark to add a hint of bitterness.  The result is a rich cherry spirit with a beautifully warm rounded spiciness and a delicate floral bite. www.boldspiritslondon.com

THE WORLD’S FIRST SMALL BEER BREWERY: The Original Small Beer Company

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The world's first brewery dedicated to the production of small beer (0.5-2.8% ABV), housed in South Bermondsey, London - Small Beer, Big Taste, Sustainably Brewed.

www.theoriginalsmallbeer.com

RUM BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT: MarlinSpike

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The age-old french word for knitting inspired the British Navy to name the expert nautical tool and dagger a MarlinSpike. It became a symbol of seaman proficiency, daring pioneer-ship, and because of it's controlled power and grace, even the marlin-fish. Inspired by the meaning of MarlinSpike, we set out to create the ultimate spirit to deliver refreshing drinkability, just right flavor, entirely new taste sensations and a range of mix-applications to date not seen before in one spirit. In terms of tonic water aroma matching, the blend is even conclusively superior to any leading gin.

To turn this aim into reality our 888 High-seas blend has been crafted of aged and somewhat mysterious Caribbean rums, known to experts for their divergent yet complementary terroirs and excellence in rum making. For the magic freshness dimension we have added yet another rum. www.marlinspike.com

NEXT GENERATION SHERRY: XECO Wines

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XECO is the brainchild of three thirty-something ‘fino fiends’ (including James’ daughter Beanie) who are looking to breathe new life into a category of wines that have recently fallen out of favour, in spite of being drunk on British soil since the 13th Century. Long adored by those in the industry, both for its versatility both as a wine and as a component in cocktails, and for its food-friendliness (Fino sherry goes well with everything from classic Spanish tapas, to sushi and most things in between), this Spanish gem has been largely overlooked by the millennial consumers.

With its low-sugar and relatively low-alcohol* credentials, it’s time for Sherry to come out of Granny’s cupboard, and into your fridges.  Mix Fino sherry with tonic, ginger ale or good quality lemonade for a delicious and refreshing long drink alternative. www.xecowines.com

SUMMON THE SPIRIT:Ghost Tequila

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A mysterious fusion of ghost peppers and 100% agave tequila, Ghost Tequila is the perfect fuel for whenever the spirit strikes. A marriage of flavours from around the world - namely 100% agave tequila from Jalisco, Mexico and and the infamous, India-born ghost pepper. This 80 proof spicy shooter isn’t for the faint of heart and will linger on your tongue long after it’s gone.

Thanks to a mixture of all-natural ingredients, we can guarantee Ghost will go down smoother than the swill you had on spring break - no lime or salt needed. But if you get your kicks with cocktails, Ghost is the perfect base for a Spicy Margarita or a Bloody Maria. www.ghosttequila.com


ENVIRONMENT, SPORTS & WELLBEING:

ENGINEERED FOR ENDURANCE: Montane Sportswear

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Montane engineers innovative, lightweight, breathable clothing and equipment for endurance sports and activities in extreme environments. www.montane.co.uk

SPEEDING UP GOLF PLAY: Tagmarshal

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Tagmarshal is a unique system for golf courses to speed up play and thus enhance the golfing experience as well as generating superb revenue. www.tagmarshal.com

BUILD A BETTER WORLD: Uberbinder

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Transformative Cold-Mix Asphalt and Concrete binder technology to make roads and cement cheaper, stronger and better for the environment. www.uberbinder.com

REVOLUTIONARY PAINTCANS: Toucan Container

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Preserve paint, arts & craft supplies and perishables safely using the unique sealing system that will never let you down - Long life, durable construction never rusts; manufactured using recyclable PET to reduce carbon emissions www.toucantainers.com

ALTERNATIVE PALLETS & PACKAGING: Pallite

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PALLITE® is a range of award-winning and innovative transit packaging that offers lightweight, strong, and recyclable pallets, pallet boxes and layer pads. Designed to reduce the total cost of delivery using honeycomb-cell technology, the company was borne from an idea to counter the frustrations and limitations of other pallet and packaging types. www.pallite.co.uk

BRINGING WIZARDRY TO CHILDREN: Wandmasters 

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Purveyors of fine wands, offering one-of-a-kind Wand Makers Starter Kits that allow fans of mythology and fantasy to experience the handcrafting of personal, authentic, real-life wands from premium natural materials while discovering a little magic of their own making. www.wandmasters.com