Let me introduce you to the most Amazing Gin Bar ever...
April was a very busy month for us here at The Gin Tin. We were luck enough to collect the bar from Liverpool on 13th April just before we went off on our travels to Morocco. The bar had its first outing at Sophia Gardens the week we returned before going back into storage whilst I disappeared on my cricket tour to La Manga...I really do love my job!
So the bar has been out and about and I am really pleased to hear the positive comments that we are getting from all who see it. I now I'm biased but 'she' looks amazing! We have visited both Bridgend and Cardiff with events this month, some with the bar, some for us to do 'gin' tastings. Wherever I drive I get looks from other drivers, I like to think that's because of the amazing bar Im towing and not my lack of driving skills!! Both of the events this month have led to us receiving further bookings. This is fantastic!
The Photo Shoot
To truly show off the bar I felt it was necessary to have a professional photographer take some shots and oh my word was it worth it! The amazing www.kellydanielphotography.co.uk came along to the photoshoot and gave her professional expertise in preparing the perfect shots. Kelly your work on the day and in the editing was superb!
Please note the amazing flowers in the photographs, this is the work of the amazing #janlima_flowers. Jan managed to arrive at the shoot having not seen the bar before and compliment the bar with her amazing work.
Last but not least we were lucky to have Helen from www.themediterraneangrazingcompany.co.uk. Helen prepared a delicious grazing board for the side of the bar. Helen is able to offer her grazing boards for both small and large scale parties. Both the food and the presentation of it are outstanding. Plus a thank you to the stunning venue for their support.
I highly recommend all three of these businesses for both their professional expertise and their amazing personalities!!
Is the Tin full of Gin?
Nearly...but it will be a constant challenge. I am still tasting lots of gins and Im sure this will always be the case but its nearly full for this summer. We also have some non Gin drinks in the bar... It was requested at one of the venues that I offer a full bar and not just gin. I had to go out of my comfort zone to source a variety of stock. My research took me as far as Bedwas and to the William Bros. One sip of their finest 'Splanky' and a box was bought. For those of you that have not had the pleasure you need to hunt down this drink.
Along with ciders, bottled beers and plenty of gin we have a range of rum, whisky, wines and vodka onboard. Our tin is certainly looking full!
As with all food and drink businesses in Wales we had to gain the famous green sticker to let everyone know our Food Hygiene rating. I am very pleased to say we achieved a 5 star rating, this recognises our high hygiene standards that we adhere to in the bar. we are very proud to display our sticker in our window.
Along with Food Hygiene we also had our visit from Trading Standards and again all went well with their visit.
The Summer is upon us...the bookings are looking really good. We have a wide variety of events lined up from small school summer fetes to large scale festivals and car rally's in Cardiff Bay. Without a doubt this summer is looking awesome! Please follow us on social media @thegintinbar to see where we are and what we are up to. Pop along and say hello to us if you do come to any of our events. If you would like us to come to an event of yours please do contact us either by telephone 07766724495 or email email@example.com. We can't wait to meet you.
Helen @ The Gin Tin Bar xx
I can't believe the last blog post was before Christmas. We have been very busy and made good progress in preparation for the summer ahead.
We started the new year developing relationships with our current business colleagues and creating new relationships both locally and across the UK. We are aiming to provide a strong, high quality selection of Gin within the bar and therefore need to be talking to the right people and undertaking the right research to offer this. Watch this space, the gins are on their way. Whilst we will offer internationally known gins, we are looking to support local craft distillers to raise their brand awareness.
The bar is very nearly completed, images will be unveiled soon......
Staffing, we are in the process of meeting the amazingly talented staff that will be working on the bar. Friends have been awesome and volunteered their support but over the summer I will need to be employing others. They will be in the bar images in the future.
At the moment we are confirming our events for this summer, we have focussed on the local area for this year but who knows where we may end up. Follow us on Facebook @thegintinbar for regular updates about our whereabouts. If you see us, come and say hello!
The Gin Tin Gifts
We have been granted a premises licence (Woohoo!) so we are now able to sell our gifts online at all times. Prior to having the licence gifts had to be sold at events, now we are able to take orders and payments online from our customers. Please get in touch if you need a gift. We can customise any gift to an alcohol of your choice. Our gifts start from £5 upwards. The average price is £35-40. Please see our FB page to read the amazing reviews we have had about gifts. Who wouldn't love a Gin gift??? Our Easter gifts will be launched later this week.
Pop Up Bars
Our 'pop up' bars at small events are becoming very popular. If you're having a group of friends for a get together and would like a Gin Bar, get in touch. We can offer parties from 8 people upwards. We come with everything apart from a kitchen sink!! Our 'pop up' bar can either be operated like a normal bar service or we can price per head for a set amount of drinks. We can tailor the drinks to match your needs. We supply what you want!
BBC Radio - Good Evening Wales
Last Friday I was invited to the Good Evening Wales show to talk about the growth of then industry and the change in demographics. As I said on the programme, ' I really do think there is a gin drink out there for everyone'. If you haven't found yours yet, come and find me and I will help you find your 'Gin'.
We are all really excited to be revealing images of the bar in the next few weeks and are really excited to show it off at all of our events. If you would like us at your event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you see us out and about come and say hello!
The future of The Gin Tin is looking awesome, I am already working on further business ideas to be launched after the busy summer season, watch this space for news late September.
Look forward to meeting you all this summer
Helen @ The Gin Tin Bar xx
Well its less than two weeks to go until Christmas Day and our elves have been very busy making up our remaining orders for the Gin Gift Sets. My house is feeling very festive this year, I have gone beyond the elegance of nice trees and lights we have straw everywhere thanks to the gift sets!! It seems every day more straw appears, in every Christmas gift I have wrapped there is evidence of straw. I really have taken the festive theme to a new level creating a stable in my house !!
We had a great time visiting all of the Christmas Fayre's, with one to go its easy for me to regard them as a success. Its been great to advertise the business and let people know who we are and also be able to offer a variety of drinks to bring new ideas to peoples gin drinking. We've made many friends at the events and hopefully have formed future business partnerships whilst doing so. It was great to meet everyone!
We have just one Faure left this Sunday at the depot, for this event we will not be offering the full bar service although we will be offering our gift sets and individual bottles of gin. If you're in the are come and say hello, there are some amazing business at this event. Finish...or start your Christmas shopping at the Depot this Sunday.
The word is definitely out that the Gin Tin is about. We've had a great interest from a number of distillers that are interested in working with us in a variety of ways, potentially some very exciting times ahead. Unfortunately some of the discussions are still confidential but will be shouted from the roof-tops should they materialise. Watch this space!
Since announcing the business there has been a massive amount of support from friends and old work colleagues, its truly appreciated. I loved being told by a potential customer that they were in a hairdressers having their hair done discussing with their hair stylist that they were contacting me and another member of staff piped up to say The Gin Tin was her friends business. I loved being the gossip of the salon!!
We have had more enquiries for events next year and a few confirmed bookings, hopefully by the end of January we will have next year all wrapped. If you are considering a date get in touch soon, there are pencilled dates in my diary, first one to make a deposit will secure the date.
So, roll on Christmas, The Gin Tin has had a great start so far, we are already above the expected target that was set, now lets move on to exceeding the first quarter of next year! Woohoo for The Gin Tin!!
Merry Christmas to all, thank you to everyone for your support, it is all very much appreciated.
Really, are we here already!!
The Gin Tin has made great progress since the last post. We have made lots of new friends in both a professional and a social context, it has been awesome. Its amazing how many wonderful, supportive people there are in 'my new world'. We have attended more wedding fayre's, we have been invited to bridal events at wedding shops and whilst there have had great fun surrounded by very talented people. Luckily the staff that work in The Gin Tin are very friendly and go out of their way to make friends with both customers and other traders. WE are happy to work with everyone! Thank you to all those people that we have met, you have made us feel very welcome in our new industry!
Back in September I attended the Street Food Traders exhibition in the Excel with my good friend Rebecca (thanks for your support Bec) whilst the day was interesting I left feeling that my bar was going to look far better than anything I saw on the day, thanks to the design work of the talented 'Customiser'.
The bar is looking AWESOME, thanks to the hugely talented Ian. The work that is going into the bar is something very special I am so lucky to be working with someone so knowledgeable and hugely talented. I really can't wait for the day I collect it and show it off to the world......Even though I already have ideas about the next bar I would like Ian to work on.....
So with the bar under way, exhibition events planned we have now moved on to confirming bookings for our pop up events to get the brand out there before next year.
We will be attending a number of Christmas Fayre's across South Wales offering customers samples of gin and the opportunity to buy Gin by the bottle and in a Gift Hamper. Orders will be taken and delivered by mid December.
We are attending a Christmas Market from Friday 23rd November, here we are focussing on hot drinks. We will be offering; Hot Gin and Ginger, Bourbon Espresso's, Rum and Hot Chocolate and Vodka with Apple tea and Cinnamon. We anticipate these drinks to be very welcome in the colder climate and look forward to promoting our brand and meeting more people in the South Wales area.
Last week whist developing future business I accidentally contacted an old friend of 20+ years ago, turns out this person is an excellent contact. Fond memories of working together were reminisced and a warm glow thinking of how someone from so far past can be so kind and helpful in the future. Thank you MW.
Not only have we been developing potential business we have not neglected the professionalism of the business. A number of courses have been attended over the last few months, who knew GDPR could be so interesting?? It does seem like I am on my own with the enthusiasm I have for GDPR but it was totally interesting. I guess it really does depend on the delivery! An excellent workshop delivered by Superfast Business Wales.
Last week I attended a Social Media course (look out for the changes), a great course showing the huge potential of Social Media with the business. Lots of really nice people on the course and some great ideas put forward. A few changes are going tome made and an additional presence on Linked In is needed to develop the business into the corporate market. SO many exciting things to do!
So, whats this current plan......
Onwards and Upwards with The Gin Tin
The Gin Tin attended its first wedding fair on the 02/09/18 and what a reception we had. We had an amazing first event!
I decided to design a Gin garden within the Motorpoint Arena that included artificial grass, trellis and a Gin Fountain. It may have been a bit ambitious but I felt start as you mean to go on and go beyond peoples expectations.
To all of our visitors, thank you for coming to meet us, whilst understandably the business giving away free gin was going to be popular, we did have many enquiries.
All of the other traders made us feel very welcome and encouraging as to the future success of The Gin Tin.
Thanks to all, particularly the wonderful Mr G and Katy D who helped me set up and run the Wedding Fair. xx
Progress - Mid September 2018
Well we are certainly making progress. Hoorah!
We have been busy researching vehicles and tins to find the most suitable options. Still to finalise the decision.
Ive thoroughly enjoyed talking with suppliers and local distillery's to look at the types of Gins we want to be promoting in 'The Gin Tin'. Such a vast choice. There are worse ways of spending your days rather than discussing and sampling Gin!
So progress so far...... we have Gin and Tonic supplies, we have options for drink holders, we are finalising the designs on the vehicle and promotional material is in place.
What next? Over the next few weeks we will start Pop Up Bars to find out from our customers the type of Gin that you are drinking. The popular choices can then become a staple in The Gin Tin. We will be offering a small collection of Gin cocktails, yet again another chore of a job that I will need to do, isn't that a difficult task? I'm quite sure that my trusted friends will help me with the tasting and provide good quality feedback. All tasting sessions will be posted on our You Tube Channel for all to see, watch this space.
Thanks for reading I will update when further progress is made. Helen x
The Gin Tin Story - 01/09/18
My name is Helen I am the business owner of The Gin Tin Mobile Bar. Welcome to my Blog!
How did we get where we are?
Well to be honest the business has been launched for a better work life balance. We all have that feeling when working the 9-5 that there must be more to life than this, we all want that bit of excitement and the feeling that we do something that we enjoy. Hence 'The Gin Tin'!
After many years of 'thorough research' I decided to focus on Gin. Following over 20 years of 'research' I thought I despised the distilled junipers, every time I smelt the drink it made me feel ill, that was until one day...... My other passion in life is travelling. So picture this, I was sat on the terrace of this lovely hotel in Delhi, surrounded by the 'very English patrons' when the waiter came over and asked what I wanted to drink. After some thought of being sensible, not letting myself get too dehydrated I opted for an Indian Beer. This wasn't what I really wanted but it would do. My drink came and I forced myself to drink it whilst I admired the beauty around me. Then came the arrival of the guests sitting on the next table, not being happy with my personal choice I listened to what they may be 'researching'. There it was a Gin and Tonic!! I was so envious of their choice, I couldn't think of a better location to convert myself to the famous tipple. So, in the name of 'research' I ordered myself a house Gin and Tonic.
Was that the drink I wanted, was that the elegant taste that I admired fellow patrons drinking?? No it was bloody awful!!! I had not changed my mind, I still struggled with the taste, but this time I felt I didn't want to be a failure and so I soldiered on to drink the G and T. This was followed by another, followed by another and the 'research' continues today......
Through more intense 'research' I began to detect what my preferred style of Gin was, how to identify my likes and build upon those to enjoy one of the most varied drinks available on the market. Even though I have done many hours of 'research' I would never consider myself a 'Gin expert' but I will always consider myself a 'Gin enthusiast'.
I'd like to pass on my passion for the discovery of 'new gins' to other 'researchers' therefore I have created the 'Gin Tin'. The Gin Tin can be hired for any event. I have already had enquiries for bookings in 2019 and the business isn't even launched yet.
Where am I now?
I am waiting for the 'tin' to be converted. I am in discussions with Gin suppliers to review the gins that will be available. My Social media is set up and Im ready to confirm further bookings for late 2018 and 2019. Please get in touch if you would like to experience 'The Gin Tin', all of my media contacts are available on the website.
I have been very lucky to have been supported to get this far by Mr G himself and my amazing friends and family who are not only offering to carry out 'research' with me but are willing to support the business by working alongside me at events. My friends and Mr G have been awesome!!!
So that gives a rough guide to how I got here and where I am. Please continue to follow my journey of launching and developing the business, Im sure there are going to be some exciting times ahead. H x