16 September 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Northern Design Centre, Baltic Business Quarter, Gateshead, NE8 3DF
Launching and building a world-class luxury brand is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Nigel Mills CBE and his co-founders at The Lakes Distillery set out to do when they purchased an abandoned Victorian farm on the banks of the River Derwent in 2012.
What began as a restoration project is now the largest and one of the most celebrated distillers in England, known for its award-winning portfolio of spirits, growing online membership club, and its Visitor Centre, artisan bar and bistro (which was named one of England’s top visitor attractions – and one of only 16 venues to receive a Visit England Gold Award).
As co-founder and chairman of The Lakes Distillery, Nigel has led the company to strength, securing millions of pounds of investment for the business and showing that great businesses only need four principles - ‘faith, hope, luck and love’ – to thrive.
Applying his experience, which includes building and growing the multi-award-winning newsagents’ chain Mills Group and running a four-star hotel in the heart of Cumbria, Nigel has built an outstanding business, which was crowned one of ‘1000 Businesses to Inspire Britain’ in 2020, with Nigel himself named one of the most influential entrepreneurs in British luxury.
As an investor and mentor for numerous early stage companies, the former Chairman and founding member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, and one of the inaugural ‘Maserati 100’, Nigel is a true champion of entrepreneurship. Join us for this one-of-a-kind Journey event where we’ll learn more about Nigel’s story and future ambitions while sampling some of The Lakes Distillery’s world-class spirits and whiskies.
The Small Print -This event is exclusively for members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and their guests. Guest tickets cost £25+VAT per guest, payable in advance. Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse this cost if your guest place is cancelled within 72 hours of the event.