Entrepreneur to raise a glass at Christmas Fair to successful year

A WINE entrepreneur in Lincoln is planning to mark the end of a successful business year by returning to the place where it all began – the Lincolnshire Showgrou

A WINE entrepreneur in Lincoln is planning to mark the end of a successful business year by returning to the place where it all began – the Lincolnshire Showground.

Toby Hope set up independent wine wholesaler business, Hope Wines, in Lincoln city centre just seven months ago, after being made redundant from his previous job.

Using the Lincolnshire Show as the perfect stepping stone to launch his business, Toby was ecstatic when he saw his orders fly off the shelf at the event and his brand soon became recognised nationally. He has since been inundated with requests for his wine.

Now, with Hope Wines growing rapidly and the business about to take on additional staff, Toby will be returning to the showground at the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair in November.

He said

I set up Hope Wines earlier this year in March after being made redundant. I had previously worked in wine for more than 20 years and had always enjoyed it, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to set up my own business.

The Lincolnshire Show was the perfect way for me to launch my business and the experience was incredible for me. I knew the business was growing and decided that the show would be a great launchpad for an independent company like me. You are able to get your name out there and known.

Ever since the Lincolnshire Show, Hope Wines has been doing unbelievably well with constant orders from restaurants, hotels and trade and we can’t wait to return to the showground for the Food and Gift Fair.

This year, we will be launching a brand new boxed wine at the fair and customers will also have the opportunity to taste our fantastic collection.

Hope Wines will be among one of many local traders to return to the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair this year, after great success at the Lincolnshire Shows. Other traders returning include Red Hill Free Range Pork Ltd, The Naked Marshmallow Company and Roanne Nurseries.

Jayne Southall, CEO at the Lincolnshire Showground, added:

Toby’s success among others demonstrates the many great small independent businesses that Lincoln has to offer.

Hope Wines is a fantastic company that sells delicious wine and we are more than pleased that Toby was able to use the Lincolnshire Show to launch his business and be a part of his brilliant success. We look forward to welcoming Toby back to the showground in November and we are excited to see what he brings to the Food and Gift Fair.

The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair is the second largest event hosted by Lincolnshire Showground each year and will boast more than 200 food and gift stalls.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy two local choirs and an array of seasonal activities from wreath making to homemade Christmas cards.

The fair will take place on 28 and 29 November, from 10am to 4pm on both days and will include free parking.

Advanced tickets can now be bought online or over the phone at £5 each. Under 16’s go free when accompanied by an adult. Please visit www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk or call the dedicated ticket hotline on 01749 814087 to book.

Exhibitors can apply to be a trader at the Food and Gift Fair by visiting www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk or by emailing trade@lincolnshireshowground.co.uk.

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