HUGE thank you to our newsletter subscribers for ordering our new product. There are more left if you haven't ordered as yet...
Today we launch our Tasting Box for our social media for general sale. So far, the response has been amazing and certainly indicating that we need to start getting our next one ready... for those that haven't ordered as yet please drop me an email of send us a message on FB or Insta and we can get it sorted asap. The Gins in the box are amazing!
We will be busy!
Sadly may of our couples have had to postpone their weddings to next year, luckily so far we've had no venue changes our couples have been lucky enough to change the date but keep their dream alive. It will happen peeps.....
Also this month, you may have seen it...we had our first TV advert! Thanks to Cardiff TV supporting local businesses we were able to promote our bars for the entire month of June. 20 seconds of The Gin Tin Bars, luckily for us we were able to have the amazing Nerys Hurford voice for the advert. Nerys Hurford Translation Services has been immensely busy throughout lockdown but still had the time to support our business and do our voice over. The voice is amazing!
We have been busy in the office, promoting our new bar without images, that's easy - not! We have many companies interested in using the dry hire for their own events or promoting their own produce. Im really pleased the bar has been welcomed by so many people. It was bought to help others try a mobile unit and thankfully its been popular. Over the last couple of weeks we have reviewed our terms and conditions, created a corporate brochure and started working on a new project - The Tasting Box!
Sadly our Gin Tasting evenings haven't been able to go ahead. Many of our regulars have been asking for recommendations of new gins, therefore working with some of the 2020 award winning distillers in Wales we are able to offer a variety of Gin Tasting Boxes. With many people being keen to #supportlocal and #smallbusinesslove we've decided to help and support local distillers and help promote their Gins. We have had great fun tasting some new gins and now want to share these amazing drinks with you! We really do have some amazing gins, one I have described as drinking velvet. The boxes will be available within the next two weeks. Our first box is very much a trial, we will take feedback on the boxes before we launch further boxes. Please keep an eye on our social media for the release date. There will be a free box available for some lucky person. If you want to be one of the first to know about the boxes sign up to our newsletter, you will be the first to know our news and will be able to buy special bonus gin as a subscriber.
So Gin Tasting Boxes at the ready, a busy diary for next year, what do we do...we buy a new bar! Yes that's right, we continue to make progress and place an order for a new handmade wooden indoor/outdoor bar. The new bar will be able to be decorated to suit any taste. Ive been wanting this additional bar for some time, Ive found an amazing craftsmen to build it for us.
Sadly, this summer hasn't gone as planned, we've missed out on some amazing events, luckily all of our weddings will continue to go ahead net year and we as a business are continuing to make progress. I love working alongside my development plan! We still have dates available for next year, all bars have availability so if you or someone you know is looking for a bar, Gin and Everything please get in touch. I can assure you that we will continue to follow government guidelines and whatever we need to put in place for public safety we will be doing.
Look forward to seeing you all soon.
Of course we are taking part in 'GIN a Day May 2020. A full list of our recommended Gins will be published here at the end of May. To follow our recommendations daily visit us @thegintinbar
We absolutely love being at weddings. Both of our bars look gorgeous at a wedding venue and every time we take them out people comment on how wonderful they look. So, why wouldn't you want us at your wedding?
Below we have highlighted some of what we think our important features for our weddings are. We are totally flexible!. If your venue hasn't worked with us before we are more than happy to speak with them and come to an arrangement for us to be there. We work with a number of wedding venues to offer our bars. Just let us know if there is an issue with your venue.
Unfortunately due to Covid- 19 we will not be attending as many of the weddings as we should be for the year, many of our wonderful couples have had to postpone for next year. Hopefully we will be able to continue with some of the bookings and offer some relief after this difficult time. Please contact us early if you are looking at next year, dates are changing daily.
Every couple we speak to have different plans, we love it! We get so inspired from your plans to tailor our service just for you. We are flexible, speak with us and see how we can help you have the most amazing day ever!
Why shouldn't we? We have been lucky enough to work with some amazing distillers over the last year and built up really good positive relationships. We are now extending our services and offering customers 'Gin Tours of Wales'. We can offer anything from a 2-3 hour tour to an overnight stay visiting some amazing distilleries and seeing some breathtaking views along the way. All of our tours are customised to each party so we really can offer something unique to you. If you would like us to include some other alcohol tours in your visit please let us know. We have some amazing breweries in the area nd they would love to show off their goods too. Below we have included some examples for you but please get in touch to find out what we can offer you. Corporate clients are more than welcome!
Here is a list of FAQs we receive. If you have any others please let us know.
Can our guests pay by card?
Yes. We have card payment facilities, providing we can access WIFI at the venue or 3g signal we will be able to take card payments.
Do you offer a 'free bar' facilities?
Yes. We can offer a 'free bar' for the entire duration or just for a set amount of time, that's entirely up to you and how much you would like to spend. The price depends on what drinks you want us to serve. Champagne is more expensive than beer!
Can we have Cocktails?
Definitely! We are not mixologists, but we can serve cocktails. We offer a customised menu to wedding couples. These drinks can be served all day or just for a set time. It’s up to you to decide what you would like us to offer.
Can you provide welcome drinks?
Yes, we can. Please let us know what you would like, and we will happily provide a quote for you.
Do you offer 'Mocktails'?
We can provide a variety of Mocktails for your day. We can provide these as large jugs for refreshments for all or by the glass on the bar.
Do you offer Children’s Activities?
But we can recommend a company that does.
Do you have the most amazing staff?
Without a doubt!! They are awesome!
Are you insured?
We certainly are. All of our vehicles are fully insured, and we have Public Liability Insurance up to £10million.
Are your bars clean?
They are. We have been inspected and our bars have been given a 5-star hygiene rating.
Do you need power or water?
We will need an electric hook up. A normal plug socket will be fine. We will come with an extension cable to help us access the socket.
We will not need continuous water although it would be handy if we can access a water supply before we start service. This will save us carrying the water.
Do you wear a uniform?
At all times our staff are smartly dressed in their shirt, tie and apron whilst serving drinks. Please note when we are setting up the bar, we will wear different clothes as we can get dirty. We will change before we serve you and your guests.
Do you provide an alcohol licence?
The owner is personal and premises licence holder. If the venue doesn't have a premise license, we can apply for a Temporary Event Notice (the licence needed to serve alcohol) for £21 on your behalf.
For me, its either when I have the time of when I feel I need to share information.
Today, its to tell the world how amazing our month has been!
It was only a month ago I updated the blog from prior to the summer. We had a brilliant summer and enjoyed getting out and meeting lots of new clients and colleagues. Over the winter we've been working hard to develop our relationships and turn them into business. This month we have certainly reaped our rewards.
Back in February I received an email into my junk folder the name really made me look twice. As everyone knows you can't be too careful with phishing emails so I proceeded with caution. The following day I contacted the number I found on google and researched whether the email was genuine. It was, I had been contacted by British Vogue and was being asked if I wanted to advertise The Gin Tin Bar in their Bridal Advertorial. I was absolutely over the moon that such a prestigious magazine would allow me the space to promote my business. Bloody amazing!! And then the head kicked in...whilst my heart 100% wanted to go into the magazine the high costs would have a big impact on the business. Not only would it hit me financially, I had to consider what the advert would bring. After a great deal of thought and discussion I declined the offer, it came down to the question...'Do I really want to be towing the bar all over the UK every weekend?' The answer is No. Luckily the business is developing locally and therefore don't feel that a nationwide advert is appropriate for my business AT THIS TIME. Watch this space.....It was a tough decision but delighted to have been asked.
Whilst the above decision was being pondered I was arranging my first wedding advert in 'Tiara Magazine' we have an advert and an additional piece in the current magazine, please take a look. We are in both the front and online version. I was lucky to have great guidance by the editor Tracey to ensure the correct information was shared. Please head over to www.tiaramagazine.co.uk to take a look. Its great seeing your business in such a high quality magazine.
Two weeks ago G and I headed up to Liverpool to pick up the new bar, ooh she is so cute! The Drinks Tin, is smaller than the main bar, she is just 4m in length and is available for dry hire. It was so light towing an empty bar... The Drinks Tin has had a deep clean and is now awaiting her photo shoot. The debut appearance is next month at Tall John's House. A new bar means a new uniform. The Drinks Tin staff will wear black aprons with a grey tie. The staff will continue to be as professional and smart as they always have been. I cant wait to show her off!
So what an amazing month? As we are approaching the end of our 11month in business and I'm reflecting on how much progress we have made and how pleased I am of our future bookings I am gleaming with pride of the success so far. The idea of the business has blossomed, it's a business that people want and it seems from our reviews that we are quite good at it. Fantastic, let's start setting further goals for this year!
And then whilst casually checking my FB I saw I had been tagged in a post. Luckily I was with a friend who confirmed what I read. The Gin Tin Bar had been named a finalist for the Gin Bar of the year by The Welsh Bar and Pub Awards. Shock!!! Absolutely flabbergasted! I really couldn't believe that my bar was being considered in the same category as some of the most fantastic, established Gin Bars that I know. For those of you that live in South Wales you will know how fantastic some of the bars are... I really couldn't believe it. When I contacted the organisers it seemed that yet again they had emailed me and it had gone into my junk folder and I had dismissed the email. I will know thoroughly check my Junk folder!!
So next month the winner is announced, ironically I am out with the bar the day of the awards ceremony. I truly feel humble to have been named a finalist within this category, for me our business has already won this year, it truly has been the most amazing end to the first year of The Gin Tin Bar. Who knows where we will be this time next year....but between now and then I will definitely be checking my junk folder.....
Happy Valentine's Day....Its time to talk about my love - My business!
Our Summer 2019 was awesome!
We attended a massive variety of events, see below some of the highlights, there are too many to mention individually but see below for some of the highlights. The diversity of events allowed us to learn quickly the demands of the bar. From dog shows to weddings, our bar was successful in our mission to exceed our clients expectations.
Its always great to get involved with local charities and we were given the opportunity to do this several times with local dog charities. We love dogs! Parking the bar in a muddy field whilst the rain hammers down is not everyones favourite past time but when you have a shelter for customers to stand under, the drinks continue to be poured.
North Cardiff - you have been fantastic! I have received amazing support locally, local events are very well supported and have provided me with an opportunity to promote the bar for further business. Both our indoor and outdoor bars were utilised at community events, providing both drinks and bottle sales from West Wales to Gloucester, we don't mind travelling, that's the beauty of having a mobile bar.
Our first wedding was amazing and will always be special to us at The Gin Tin, the couple were totally awesome, their family and friends made the best guests. On a very wet, torrential rain, road flooded weekend we managed to provide the guests with the best experience.
Our Wedding service has moved forward quite considerably for 2020 read below...
CAMRA Beer Festival
We were the Gin Bar for the CAMRA Great Welsh Beer Festival. We had an awesome time at the event, a great group of people to work with, we are looking forward to returning to the new venue this year.
Our Gin Parties have continued to grow, our smallest number has been 10 and very soon we are attempting our highest number of 40 guests next month. Its a good job I have a very loud voice to be heard over all those guests.
A massive thank you to all that have and continue to purchase your alcohol and gifts from me, I really appreciate your continued support throughout the year.
Our year has been so diverse, I have welcomed every opportunity given to me. Last year I built some great friendships through the business, and I am now reaping the benefits of those friendships with the volume of referrals I receive.
'A nice quiet start to the year, a month or two of chilling before the summer begins...' How wrong was I?? That was my thought at Christmas, a bit of development before the summer starts. January has been my busiest month to date. I am so pleased to say its been busy with enquires and bookings. Bring it on! I totally understand the term 'engagement season'
Business Developments for 2020
We have a number of developments for 2020. I am also spending time planning strategic development of the business we need to ensure we are heading in the right direction.
We have been super lucky to be able to develop working relationships with the most main wedding venues in South Wales. This year we really will be hitting the weddings. We love weddings! Within our wedding service we offer a variety of options including pre-paid bars and cash sales. Such is the demand for our service we need to introduce our new bar - The Mini Tin.
The Mini Tin is attending its first wedding on April 25th, I cant wait to show him off to the world. The new bar is focussing on 'dry hire' and is therefore an option for couples, venues and catering suppliers to have their own bar at any event. The bar can be hired on a daily rate. It can be offered with or without staff. The interest for the new bar is massive, watch this space.....
Pop Up Bar
We are currently in the process of having our new pop up bar created. The bar is being created to be as adaptable as possible to all service requirements. This bar can be used as part of a full wedding package or any event where we need the option of an indoor bar.
Never have I thought you could get so excited over a 'trailer', I love it! Why have I never had one before?? As G pointed out to me there was a time when I used to get excited over handbags, now its a trailer! Don't worry my birthday is coming, handbag excitement will resume!!!
2020 is looking busy, January has been manic, organising my calendar. Within one year I have gone from being chilled with the prospect of a new bar launch in the April 2019 to a 2020 where I'm managing two outdoor and one indoor bar with double bookings on a single day. Who knew I would become a logistics manager overnight? The success of the business is not solely down to me. Without the support of G this would never have become a reality. I have amazing friends who have supported, encouraged, provided advice and direction throughout the last 18 months, they have been awesome. Amongst the 'friends' there are some that have served as staff, I feel the success of the business is the staff, we have such fun whilst at work, the customers always comment on how friendly the staff are, without the staff the business would not have the reputation or the reviews that it does. A massive thanks to all of you that have helped in 2019, let's hope 2020 continues to let me live my dream.
So watch this space, my last post was several months ago, who knows where we will be at the end of this summer. If you are interested in having us attend an event please get in touch I would love to hear from you.
Happy Valentines Day