Sales In Northern Irish Wine Company JN Wine's Highbury Vintners Grow 55%
Sales in Northern Irish company JN Wine's Highbury Vintners have grown by 55% in the past year.
JN Wine Statements
JN Wine stated, "In September 2019, the leading Northern Ireland company JN Wine acquired Highbury Vintners and immediately unveiled plans for major investment in the London wine retailer before the [COVID-19[ pandemic struck.
"Since this strategic acquisition, as well as store refurbishment and digital investment, Highbury Vintners has doubled turnover with plans to expand the business further underway. Across the entire companies, online sales have increased more than 300% due to demand during lockdowns."
JN Wine added, "Highbury Vintners won both the IWC Regional Merchant of the Year for London and the coveted IWC Small Independent Merchant of the Year award for the first time, while JN Wine, based in Co. Down, was recognised as the IWC Regional Merchant of the Year for Northern Ireland."
JN Wine Managing Director Statements
JN Wine managing director James Nicholson stated, "Sales in Highbury Vintners have grown by 55% in the past year, and we are continuing to invest to drive this growth further. We have also experienced a substantial increase in sales from Northern Ireland to the UK market since the introduction of the NI protocol. There have certainly been challenges across European markets but there have also been opportunities, particularly given our unique position and that we have bases now in a range of markets. We can deliver easily and efficiently, no matter where people are based."
Nicholson continued, "We were really thrilled to acquire Highbury Vintners, ensuring its legacy continues, and this recognition has really highlighted the success of this approach.
"Everyone across JN Wine and Highbury Vintners has gone above and beyond since the pandemic struck and have continued to offer a great service. Winning these prestigious awards is fitting recognition of their efforts and how we really work closely together to deliver on our commitment to offer high quality wines from family and artisan wineries around the world."
Nicholson added, "This has been the most challenging period for the wine trade, we have never experienced anything like it, yet our team consistently rose to the challenge of providing our customers with the choice, value and service they have come to expect from JN Wine.
"Our business model changed a great deal as the hospitality sector was closed down for a long period and we pivoted to online sales and home deliveries.
"The team just didn't stop, even now we are starting to take corporate gift orders for Christmas which I hope is a signal of more normal times returning."
Highbury Vintners General Manager Statement
Highbury Vintners general manager Tom Hemmingway stated, "This has been one of the most challenging times for the wine trade, but everyone has worked hard to keep our customers satisfied. The team certainly deserves this recognition and it is fantastic to see this after the focused investment and acquisition.
"During the past year we have also rebuilt our website, refurbished our shop and continued our charitable work in the community. Most of all, we have remained true to our offering and values to bring our customers excellent wine from across the globe."
International Wine Challenge UK Merchant Awards Information
According to JN Wine, "The International Wine Challenge UK Merchant Awards celebrate the most successful small and large businesses, delivering an outstanding service to wine consumers across the UK."
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