Business & Entrepreneurs

Oxford’s new artisan distillery hosts first business networking event

By John Charlton

Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for the County, held the first business-to-business networking event to be hosted by Oxford’s latest attraction The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD).

Held on the afternoon of October 18 at the new distillery in South Park, Oxford, Experience Oxfordshire Partners learnt about the teams journey starting with the initial idea to set up a distillery, their passion for using organic heritage grains sourced locally, through to the recent launch of their Oxford Dry Gin and Oxford Rye Vodka.

Tom Nicholson, TOAD’s Founder and CEO said “It was marvellous to welcome Experience Oxfordshire and their Partners to TOAD. We want to tell the story of TOAD and spread the word, and there’s no better way of doing that than through networking events with people from across the visitor economy sector in Oxfordshire. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase our product and are grateful to Experience Oxfordshire for supporting us.”

Hayley Beer-Gamage, Experience Oxfordshire’s Chief Executive said “We were delighted to work with TOAD on this event and welcome so many Experience Oxfordshire Partners. Their story and product is an inspirational one and is a great new asset to Oxfordshire. This is an exciting time for the County, with the recent opening of TOAD as a new visitor attraction complementing the new development at Bicester Village and the imminent opening of Westgate Oxford. It is fantastic to see so much development taking place across the County”.

The Autumn networking event is part of a series of events and seminars that Experience Oxfordshire hosts throughout the year and is an exclusive benefit of being an Experience Oxfordshire Partner.

Part of TOAD’s proposition is distillery tours which can be booked through the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street, which is also stocking TOAD gin and vodka for sale.

Further details from www.experienceoxfordshire.org