Lakes Distillery Entrepreneur Named One of the Most Influential People in British Luxury

Posted on the 7 June 2019

Lakes Distillery Entrepreneur Named One of the Most Influential People in British Luxury

The Lakes Distillery co-founder Nigel Mills CBE has been singled out as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in British luxury in the inaugural Walpole Power List, in association with Inzito and Coutts.

A roll call of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, Walpole’s list of the high-profile figures shaping British luxury was revealed at a party at Ennismore Sessions House in London on Thursday 6th June, following the same-day announcement that the British luxury sector is now worth £48 billion to the UK economy - an increase of 49% in four years.

Celebrating the people steering the sector to success, the list included Entrepreneurs, Founders, Game-Changers, Gurus, Heroes, Legends, Mavericks, Rising Stars, Storytellers and Tastemakers.

Nigel Mills commented: “It is a great honour to be named among the most influential people in British luxury and I’d like to thank Walpole. I’m humbled to be considered an influencer in British luxury alongside so many creative, innovative and game-changing people from great British brands like Bremont, Net-a-Porter, Gieves & Hawk, and The Savoy.

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged by the British luxury industry as we prepare for the global launch of our Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker’s Reserve in September.

“Our vision is to create one of the world’s great single malt whiskys. Doing so in the North of England, a place more synonymous with industry than luxury goods, is an achievement that proves with hard work, the right team and the will to succeed, there are no barriers to what we can all achieve.”

Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, said: “British luxury has a unique sensibility - its products and experiences make the country famous throughout the world for creativity, craftsmanship, innovation and the ability to conjure new, exciting, relevant stories from a magical past. But what makes British luxury a £48 billion powerhouse is the exceptional ability of the people inside its brands, and Walpole’s annual Luxury Power List recognises and celebrates fifty talented individuals and their impact on this extraordinary, fast-growing sector.”