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Glemsford distillery toasts success after nomination in Rural Business Awards


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Glemsford Gary Wilkinson makes and sells gin at his business, Suffolk Distillery, in Glemsford. He is now up for a national business award for rural enterprise. Picture Mark Westley. (3458735)
Glemsford Gary Wilkinson makes and sells gin at his business, Suffolk Distillery, in Glemsford. He is now up for a national business award for rural enterprise. Picture Mark Westley. (3458735)

The owner of a Glemsford company has been toasting his success after making it to the regional final of the Rural Business Awards.

Gary Wilkinson started The Suffolk Distillery a year ago, and supplies four types of gins to restaurants and bars across Suffolk.

The venture has been nominated as the best rural start up and best rural drink business in Suffolk.

Now in their fourth year, the awards aim to highlight the success of the UK’s rural economy, which employs around 3.4 million people in more than 750,000 businesses.

Mr Wilkinson, who works alongside his wife, Melanie, said: “I am an applied chemist and have worked for a flavour house and a large distillery, travelling all over the country.

“I decided to start up on my own and I love what I do – I wish I’d done it earlier.

“I sell my gin to places such as Snape Maltings and Jimmy’s Farm. I also do markets in Sudbury, Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds.”

The Suffolk Distillery is among 17 Suffolk companies through to the regional heats. Others are Explore 4x4 in Pentlow, Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, and The Suffolk Escape in Hintlesham.

The regional final takes place in October, with the winners going on to the national final in February.



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