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New online member platform created for drinks industry

The Drinks Trust has launched a new initiative, The Drinks Community, a platform dedicated to creating connection and opportunity.

The online member platform will offer people from the UK drinks industry the opportunity to share knowledge and will provide a bridge between disciplines, specialisms and product channels in the sector.

The ambition is that the Community will be the leading networking, upskilling, careers and vocational space for drinks people.

It will help members grow and develop in their careers by offering access to both inspirational and practical advice, which will be delivered alongside vocational materials, networking opportunities, forums and exclusive content.

As part of the Community programme, a Founding Committee has been brought together to guide the programme, offering expertise, insight and advice to ensure content captures the zeitgeist and builds a Community supporting all its members.

The Steering Committee members are Amber Gardner (NoMad), Declan McGurk (The Boatyard Distillery), Freddie Cobb (Vagabond Wines), Harriet Kininmonth (Enotria&Coe), Isabelle Gormezano Marks (Small Beer Brew Co), Jacine Rutasikwa (Matugga Distillers), Millie Milliken (Imbibe), Sylvia Oates (Best Bar None) and Tom Surgey (Three Wine Men, Pingza).

“The Drinks Community will be the voice of drinks people,” said Ross Carter, chief executive. “Together, we will create, curate and share the most relevant and exciting vocational content that will help grow your career and connect you with more people, and more opportunity, from across our vibrant industry.

“We will offer the services and opportunities that will help our people become more skilled, ultimately making our sector stronger, smarter, more connected, more resilient and more diverse.

“First and foremost, The Drinks Community will exist to deliver on a genuine need within the drinks industry, particularly now, at a time when community will be central to the recovery of the drinks and hospitality sectors.”

The Drinks Trust will also be launching The Drinks Community Mentor Programme and calling for applicants in the coming weeks.

The Drinks Community site will be launching in January and will continue to recruit contributors and support from across the sector to bring together the most timely, useful and topical content and resources, they are also calling for additional Founding Contributors to help them build a Community space that truly has something for everyone.

The Drinks Trust is calling for contributors from across the industry, from the point of production to the point of sale. If you would like to become a member, contributor or mentor, contact [email protected]

To find out more about The Drinks Community, please visit

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