How did you get started?
With a love for beer and a drinks industry career of quite a few years I've had a fascination for the constant evolvement of the world of beer. It probably comes from being brought up in Burton on Trent. Aware of the revolution of craft beer I was convinced that it could and should have a wider audience if it were more accessible. GRATE beer is all about bringing superb craft and independent drinks to a wider audience, that's why we are smack bang in the middle of a busy shopping centre.
What’s the best piece of business advice you could give?
Whatever your idea is, focus on it and don't deviate. When it gets difficult stay true to the idea and work hard to make it fly. Oh and make sure it's good fun.
Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?
A GRATE Beer bar and shop in every large shopping centre in the UK.....and a few other countries, showcasing the best of independent breweries and distilleries
If you could only have drink one of the beers that you sell, what would it be & why?
Harviestoun Ola Dubh, a superb stout fermented in 12 yr old sherry casks
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – Who would it be and why? …and what’s on the menu?
If I can cheat I'd choose my family. It would be good fun and noisy. Loads of chat, mainly about football but plenty of other stuff too.
The menu would probably be a Sunday roast (always chicken) with cold apple pie and cream to follow.
If I can't cheat, Donald Trump, be good to check if he's taking the p***.
The menu - maybe we'd go for Mexican food!