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Nick Gillett: Staffing issues yet another blow under a government failing hospitality

Published:  08 April, 2024

The UK government recently announced that it would create 20,000 new apprenticeships by reforming the complex, paperwork-fuelled, resource-thirsty apprenticeship levy system for SMEs. A move that should benefit hospitality businesses up and down the country by bringing in new blood at the beginning of their careers. Phrases like ‘cut red tape’ and ‘regulatory burdens slashed’ appear throughout the government’s official, grand announcement – but forgive me if I retain my cynicism for now. This is coming from a government that has done nothing but increase the burden on business. And I’ll come back to that shortly.


How will tequila’s price spiral impact the UK?

Published:  05 April, 2024

Prices for agave are currently in a tailspin as sales of premium products slow in key markets like the US and years of zealous plantings finally catch up – and outstrip – demand.


Nick Gillett: Education, education, education – hospitality’s secret weapon

Published:  15 January, 2024

When it comes to the spirits and hospitality industries, I harp on about education a lot. But with good reason. That dinner you had out the other week with the outstanding service – it’s thanks to education. Receiving a top new tipple recommendation from your local bartender – education. Formal training, cocktail masterclasses, category insight – it’s all helping to create better teams, better serves and ultimately an altogether better experience for the customer. So as someone who works for or is interested in the industry, here’s why you should care about it.


East London Liquor Company releases exclusive cask to Harvey Nichols

Published:  20 April, 2023

Renegade spirit maker, East London Liquor Company, is releasing its first-ever cask whisky to Harvey Nichols as a one-off exclusive. 


Mangrove Global expands into Middle Eastern spirits

Published:  05 April, 2023

One of the UK's leading distributors has welcomed Israel's first whisky brand into its growing family of premium spirits.


New era for Mangrove following French buyout

Published:  13 February, 2023

Mangrove Global has been bought by the spirits branch of GBH, a French group based in Martinique, in a move which is set to usher in a new phase for the company. 


Nick Gillett: The big boozy, British brain drain

Published:  19 December, 2022


Nick Gillett: How red tape is paralysing the industry

Published:  20 September, 2022

In the second of our new critical mini-series, Mangrove UK’s MD calls for a serious untangling of post-Brexit red tape.


Friday Read: The post-pandemic hangover for hospitality

Published:  12 August, 2022

Nick Gillett, MD at specialist spirits company Mangrove UK, talks challenges and opportunities for the still beleaguered on-trade.


‘It’s not the job of businesses to solve global problems’ says Mangrove MD

Published:  30 June, 2022

A new taxpayer-funded ad campaign will ask businesses to cut prices to help with the cost-of-living crisis from July.


Mangrove signs distribution deal with New York Distilling Company

Published:  27 January, 2021

Mangrove has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of New York Distilling Company. 


Brown-Forman brings all UK distribution in-house

Published:  26 January, 2021

Brown-Forman has announced that it will distribute the entirety of its brand portfolio in the UK.


Former Blue Peter presenter jumps ship to head up Mangrove marketing

Published:  08 January, 2020


Mangrove appoints on-trade sales director

Published:  20 December, 2019

Mangrove UK has promoted its current South sales manager Chris Pollard to on-trade sales director.


Mangrove reports record annual results

Published:  28 May, 2019

Mangrove UK has reported a 41.3% leap in turnover to £21.4 million for the year ending 30 April, 2019.


Mangrove makes five new hires

Published:  30 April, 2019

Uk spirits distributor Mangrove UK has made five new appointments to its sales and account management team in London, the south and the north of the UK.


Mangrove appoints Tim Dunlop as regional account manager

Published:  28 August, 2018

UK spirits distributor Mangrove has appointed Tim Dunlop to the position of regional account manager.


Brown-Forman appoints Mangrove as UK distributor for its Scotch Whisky portfolio

Published:  23 August, 2018

Brown-Forman has appointed Mangrove Global as the exclusive UK distributor for its premium Scotch Whisky portfolio.


French grapefruit aperitif goes up against Aperol and Campari

Published:  16 January, 2018

UK spirits distributor Mangrove has announced the addition of French aperitif Pampelle to its portfolio – marking the liqueur’s worldwide launch.


Mangrove launch takes inspiration from the West Country's literary past

Published:  01 August, 2017

Premium spirits distributor Mangrove has released a new rum which draws on the setting which inspired a Daphne du Maurier novel.