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How to Start a Drinks Business

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Virgin StartUp meetup: How to Start a Drinks Business

Join us on the evening of July 19th with two local legends to discuss how they made their dreams a reality and started their own successful drinks businesses.


Rupert Holloway

Rupert Holloway, Founder of Conker Gin. From an old Victorian Laundry on the backstreets of Bournemouth, entrepreneur and Conker Spirit founder, Rupert Holloway, has become Dorset’s first independent gin distiller. Beginning the journey only 3 years ago, after losing the love for his career as a chartered surveyor, Rupert had the lightbulb moment of producing a beautifully crafted spirit representative of the Dorset landscape. Rupert's here to tell you how he launched a drink company


Jim Cregan

Jimmy is the mercurial co-founder of Jimmy's Iced Coffee, which is now stocked in Ocado, Selfridges, Londis, Waitrose and Tesco. Jimmy has been kind enough to allow us to use his office for this, but will share his story and provide tonnes of useful hints and tips. It's also a leading UK coffee drink brand, stocked in supermarkets and outlets nationally. Jimmy's also pretty good at rapping - Watch the awesome video he did for Virgin.