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It’s not every day a Chartered Quantity Surveyor throws in the towel to try his hand at making gin, but it was certainly worth the risk. Fast forward 6 years, and it was certainly worth the risk. But when Rupert ditched the job, sold his car and spent his days hunched over a teeny copper pot still in his kitchen, he could have been mistaken for a mad man. Thank goodness it all came good. It’s been a very silly, but wonderful, journey.

Here’s a bird’s eye view of the best bits…

Founder and Head Distiller, Rupert Holloway, is available to talk about his experience of throwing in the towel to launch Dorset’s first gin distillery.

Rupert has spent the last five years doing what many of us fear to do –jacking in the day job to try our hand at something new. For Rupert, that was leaving his successful yet dissatisfying, career as a Quantity Surveyor to make gin. Sounds a bit mad, doesn’t it?

But having ridden the start-up rollercoaster and come out the other side dishevelled but more than satisfied, his mad decision thankfully came good.

Now with four successful products under his belt and no sign of slowing down, Rupert has bucket loads of advice, anecdotes and guidance for those with itchy feet, making him an inspiring speaker for events and conferences.

Topics include:

Changing your mindset, relearning creativity and finding that lightbulb
The leap of faith – leaving the day job to follow your dream
Getting started – on a shoestring budget, but with bucket loads of determination
Creating a brand–from – product design to tone of voice and personality
Developing a team – the transition from a one-man-band to a team you can trust
Gin – the ins and outs of Conker’s maiden product, the Dorset Dry

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