Situated in the heart of England, Northampton is a town famous for its shoe industry that goes back hundreds of years in history. During the 1st World war, the shoemakers in Northamptonshire supplied over two-thirds of the 70 million pairs of footwear required, due to the thriving tanning industry in the area. Northamptonshire is a leading area for food and drink manufacturing and supply, and is home to world-leading brands including Alpro, Weetabix, Coca Cola, Schweppes and Carlsberg.
Co-founders of Warner’s Distillery, Tom Warner and Tina Warner-Keogh, have been chosen as regional winners for the Midlands and South West, Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Founded in 2012 by Tina and Tom Warner, they were on a mission to save the world from mediocre drinks with a vision to become the most nature positive drinks business in the world!
Their 100% natural range of spirits are distilled on their family farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire. They believe that real tastes better, which is why they harvest fistfuls of real farm-grown ingredients, cramming their drinks with the fresh tastes of the British countryside. “Bringing life into a business and steering it for a decade is a rollercoaster of emotions and particularly acute when you are married - but we seem to be doing ok, so cheers to that.”
Tom says his dad (a farmer with a crazy ethic to get things done), was probably his biggest influence and mentor.. he always remembers a picture his dad had hanging on the wall “ 'don't wait for your ship to come in. . . swim out to meet it'!
Graham has been working with and supporting business owners and directors for over 30 years. Having worked with thousands of businesses across a host of sectors he is well placed to support you.
“I've had the privilege of working with Mark as my business mentor, and I can't express enough how grateful I am for the invaluable guidance and support I've received. Mark is nothing short of amazing! From the very beginning, Mark showed a genuine interest in my business and its success. They possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry that is truly remarkable. What sets Mark apart is their unwavering commitment to helping me achieve my goals. One of the things I appreciate most about Mark is their ability to tailor their mentorship to my specific needs. Whether it's strategic planning, marketing insights, or financial advice, Mark always has the right solution and an inspiring perspective to offer. Their communication skills are top-notch. Mark has a way of explaining complex concepts in a simple and understandable manner. This made it easy for me to grasp new ideas and put them into practice, ultimately leading to significant improvements in my business operations. What truly sets Mark apart is their unwavering support and encouragement. During challenging times, Mark was there to provide not just business advice but also emotional support, helping me stay motivated and confident. Thanks to Mark's mentorship, my business has experienced remarkable growth. I'm more confident in my decision-making, and I have a clearer vision for the future. I genuinely believe that without Mark's guidance, I wouldn't be where I am today. If you're looking for a business mentor who is knowledgeable, supportive, and dedicated to your success, Mark is the perfect choice. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, for being an incredible mentor and helping me achieve my business dreams!”
From time to time, we may refer you to a mentor in one of Northampshire's neighbouring counties such as Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, or Oxfordshire if your local mentors are at full capacity or if we feel an alternative mentor would provide a stronger match for your specific needs, or if it works better for you logistically. You can learn more about each of the local mentors for those regions by selecting the relevant county below:
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