Top 10 questions about our Show Distributor Businesses-new areas available now

The purpose of this Blog is to look at the top 10 areas that prospective Show Distributors have questions about before starting.

1 Is it a Franchise? No. It is a standalone business that you will run, buying stock from us and selling it at events in your Territory. There are no fees for joining, for ongoing marketing or monthly fees.

2 Where do I find events that are suitable? We will provide you with a list of over 50 types of events that are now attended by our existing Show Distributors. Call with us before booking an event just to check that the costs vs anticipated sales ratio is about right.

3 How quickly will I be earning money? The target is to get to the stage where all your stock funded out of show profits-this usually is within @ 3-6 Show days. Most franchises take at least a year to achieve anything near this.

4 What happens if I buy too much stock or want to retire? All stock comes with a 100% buy back guarantee – you get back what you paid for the stock, as long as it is a sellable condition.

5 How do I lay out a Trade Stand? We provide photographs to you showing how to do this. Part of the training provided (free to you) cover stand layout and presentation and what you say to customers at shows.

6 Do I need an Alcohol Licence? Yes. Sometimes the organisers of an event have this in place. We recommend that you take a 1 day course and obtain your Personal Licence-this then means that you can apply for Temporary Event Notices for events and have your own Licence for the Show.

7 The price of the brands look high-do people pay this much? Yes. We have been trading via the Show Distributor model for over 20 years and it works throughout Great Britain.

8 Are there any brands that are only for Show Distributors? Yes. We have a range of Single Cask Single Malt Scotch whiskies that are not available on our Website or in any retailer. This means that it is much more likely that customers will buy from you on the Show day.

9 I have never sold anything before. Will I be able to do this? Yes. We provide training before your first event, at our Annual Show Distributor Meeting (accommodation, meals and refreshments paid for by us) or at an actual event.

10 Do I have my own Territory. Yes and you get an Agreement confirming this. You then have the right to book events in your Territory. If you wish to do an Event in another Territory, just call up the Show Distributor who works there.

If you have any other questions not answered here, just call Roy Lewis on 01436-679935

Show Distributors wanted-new areas available

Show Distributors Wanted-New territories available

Most of our Show Distributors Earn between £5,000 and £10,000 per year by selling our range of Spirits & Liqueurs at consumer shows. To achieve this level of income most of our Show Distributors will work on average, two days per month.

New territories now available for Show Distributors are:

  1. Wiltshire and Berkshire
  2. Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex
  3. Hereford & Worcester  and Birmingham
  4. Cheshire, Shropshire and Manchester
  5. North Wales
  6. South Wales
  7. Northumberland & Scottish Borders
  8. Yorkshire, Co. Durham

London is an open area – any Distributor can book and attend shows as the area is so big and the number of events so many.

Business Summary

Hebridean Spirits & Liqueurs sell direct to the public at consumer shows all around Great Britain, via Show Distributors.

View our brands on our Website:

The benefits of owning and running one of our Show Distributor businesses are:

Ø     Pre-start meeting to discuss Show plans and experience the brands

Ø     Steady, regular income from selling direct to consumers

Ø     In business for yourself, but not by yourself – we help you to get started and there is no pressure on you to sell more or do extra events

Ø     Designated area with full training package

Ø     Free Distributor Training Day including Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast and refreshments – meet other Distributors and exchange sales ideas

Ø     Good margins – tasting stock supplied free so your markup is protected

Ø     No purchase or ongoing fees – all you pay for is the stock

Ø     Additional profitable mail order and Internet business

Ø     Money back guarantee on unsold stock

What else do I need to know about how this all works?

No licence fees or ongoing marketing charges to pay

The Show Distributor signs Licence to sell our Brands in a specified area

All the materials required to sell the Liqueurs at a show are supplied, free of charge:

o Graphics and marketing materials

o Sample glasses and sample bottles of spirits & liqueurs

o Bags for the customers to take their purchases home

o Branded clothing to establish a professional image

The Show Distributor chooses which shows to attend, pays for them and obtains a liquor licence as appropriate. We help with this and it is a straightforward process.

Orders stock from the Hebridean Spirits & Liqueurs to be delivered prior to each show.

Depending on the size and number of shows the Show Distributor is attending, an outlay of £2,000 to £3,000 is required to get started and to keep trading.

All stock is paid for prior to each show and are delivered to you free of charge.

We offer a full sale or return guarantee on all stock.

What type of person is a Show Distributor?

Perhaps between jobs, have some spare time, retired or semi-retired with a desire to do something fun to stay busy and earn some extra income. The difference here is that as a Show Distributor, you have control over when you attend events – no-one else decides when you are to work.

Maybe working full time but looking for extra cash to make ends meet and able to spare one or two days a month at weekends.

Someone who;

  • would like an independent income
  • enjoys meeting people at Fetes/Craft Fairs and getting paid for it
  • owns a business and has time for another business

Occupations of our Show Distributors include Headmaster, Petrol station owner, Salesman, Computer analyst, Policeman, Business owner, Promotional staff company owner, Warehouse Manager, IT Manager, Ex Forces

If you are interested please call 01436-679935 and ask for Roy Lewis, or send an Email to

Brian and Mary Gleeson Show Distributor-North East England forthcoming events

Brian and Mary Gleeson last 3 shows of the year in NE England

Brain and Mary Gleeson have three big events coming up where they will be sampling and selling a good selection of our spirit and liqueur brands.

Here are the event names and dates;

  • Wynyard Hall Christmas Fair; from 5pm Thursday 19 November to Sunday 22 November 2015;
  • Stockton Sparkles Christmas Fair in Stockton town centre Christmas German Market style, from Thursday 26 November to Sunday 29 November 2015;
  • Newcastle Christmas Fair (the big one) from Friday 4 December to Sunday 6 December.

When you see them, tell them you saw their names up in lights on this Blog-they are an excellent team and will certainly entertain you with their chat at their trade stand…and you can try our brands too.

Have fun, Roy Lewis

New show team and their first event this weekend-Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot

New Show Distributor and their first event this weekend

Don Davies-Evans is just starting doing shows with our spirits and liqueurs in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset alongside our existing Show Distributor Cliff West.

Don has previously worked with brian and mary Gleeson in the North east and was a publican in the past – this means that he is a specialist in malt whiskies. Don is attending his first event this weekend – here it is;

Christmas Fayre

Friday 13 November 2015 – Saturday 14 November 2015

Boasting over 90 speciality stalls selling the likes of crafts, hand painted ceramics, cards, jewellery, homeware, textiles, toys, art, a new food produce marquee, and for the first time an area dedicated to local crafters ‘Creative Indie’, our annual Christmas Fayre is the perfect place to get Christmas wrapped up nice and early.

There will be live entertainment, while children can hunt down the 12 Doors of Christmas before enjoying a story on the giant bed and a visit from Santa himself. There will also be 25 Christmas trees on display, all kindly donated by Cotley Farm Christmas Shop and decorated by local schoolchildren and groups. We are also delighted to announce we will also have two real reindeer “flying” over on the Saturday morning from 10am – 1pm, so don’t miss the chance to meet Dancer and Prancer.

Open: Friday 11am – 4pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm. Adults £3, under 16s free. £4 for Santa’s Storytelling Experience

Call 01626 325825


A free bus service will pick up and return visitors to the Dartmoor Halfway Inn car park, Ashburton Road, TQ12 6JW
Buses will run continuously throughout the day from 10.30-4.30 on Friday 13th Nov and 9.30-4.30 on Saturday 14th Nov

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne is situated near Newton Abbot just off the A38 and convenient to Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter. Conveniently located just off the Newton Abbot to Ashburton Road, the stunning grounds and historical buildings boast easy access to the moors and the sea and spectacular views of both.

Derbyshire and surrounding areas forthcoming events

Forthcoming events in Derbyshire area – October to December 2015

Derek Lambourne (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Notts and Staffordshire) will be taking a Tarde Stand at the following forthcoming events in his Show Distributor area;

  • 3 & 4 October – Melton Mowbray Food Festival

  • 10 & 11 October – Swarkestone Nursery Food and Drink Fair

  • 4 November – Meynell & South Staffs Hunt Fair at Uttoxeter Racecourse

  • 7 & 8 November – Planters at Bretby Food and Drink Fair

  • 28 November – Bolsover Christmas Festival

  • 29 November – Radcliffe-on-Trent Food and Drink Festival

  • 4, 5 & 6 December – Matlock Victorian Christmas Weekend

  • 13 December – Burton Indoor Market Food and Craft Market

For more information, contact Derek on; 01455-290978


Whisky Advent Calendar coming soon…

Whisky Advent Calendar launching soon

At last here’s a way for the whisky enthusiast to entre into the Christmas spirit. The Whisky advent calendar features 25 x 5cl (a proper miniature) of mainly single cask whiskies specially sourced and bottled for this fine offering. The cask come from five well known Independent Bottlers and most are not available in any other presentation, 70cl or 50cl.

There are two options, the standard and the Collector’s Edition in rosewood – both have the same whiskies for each day in December, including Christmas day.

More details to come with pictures.

It will be available to purchase on our website soon.

Any questions, just call Roy Lewis on 01436-679935


Calvay Mist sales increase – buy some before this rare blend runs out

Calvay Mist Whisky Galore style whisky sales increase

This past few weeks we have seen a big increase in the sales of the 5 year old 1940′ style Calvay Mist blend. You can buy it direct via our Amazon site of our own website too.

Here is the story that is behind it;

Calvay Mist replicates the look and style of the whisky which was the cargo on the S.S. Politician.
This is the famous ‘Whisky Galore’ ship that ran aground on the Outer Hebrides during the Second World War and is an opportunity to savour a 1940’s whisky at a reasonable cost.

On the 3rd February 1941 the freighter SS Politician sailed from Liverpool, England for Jamaica via New Orleans. Along with fur coats, Jamaican currency and material from the British War Office, 21,000 cases of Scotch Whisky nestled in her cargo hold.

Her route took her north to Scotland and there, two days out of Liverpool, her voyage ended. As she sailed into the Sound of Eriskay among the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides, the ‘Polly’ ran aground on Calvay Island. When the inhabitants of the neighbouring small islands of Barra, Eriskay and South Uist discovered the Politician’s cargo included whisky, they didn’t miss their opportunity.

The islanders proceeded to ‘rescue’ over 9,000 Cases of whisky under the very noses of His
Majesty’s Customs and Excise officials.

Sir Compton McKenzie, the writer, spent the War years on Barra. After the War he immortalized the events surrounding the shipwreck in his novel “Whisky Galore”. A Subsequent film of the same title secured a place in Scottish folklore for the “Whisky Galore” story.

Not all the whisky was recovered in 1941 and some stayed under the waters for 50 years. The Scottish company SS Politician PLC was formed to salvage the remaining

Ancient Mariner Dailuaine 1997 now available via Show Distributors

Dailuaine 17 year old single cask Scotch Malt Whisky now in stock

This new 17 year old single cask bottling is now in stock.

Dailuaine 1997 cask number 11700 46.1% ABV 50cl in Ancient Mariner bottles – the glass cube ones.

The distillery is in the Speyside region of Scotland and is near both Macallan and Aberlour. Quite an unusual malt this one as it is rarely available as a single cask bottling.

To find out which Show Distributor could supply this to you at an event, contact Roy Lewis;

East Anglia Forthcoming events

East Anglia events that Iain Taylor will be attending with our brands

Here are some events that our Show Distributor, Iain Taylor will be attending soon;

  • The Sandringham Show 12 – 13 September
  • The Norfolk Gift Fair 14 – 15 November

To contact Iain and find out some of the smaller shows coming up, here are his details;

Iain Taylor
Telephone: 07983 168131
Area: East Anglia – Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire

How much is your cask worth? Our offer will include 2 cases Duty Paid

Sell your cask-this is how to go about it…

Calling all owners of casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. We specialise in sourcing and bottling single casks. Often an owner does not actually want all the bottles produced when a cask is bottled or wants to pay the HMRC Duty payable when removing the stock from a Bonded Warehouse.

We make it easy for you to sell your cask and hav=e some bottles to show for it. How does it work. This is what we do;

  • You contact us and discuss what cask (s) you own
  • We need to know the date the cask was filled, the distillery and where it is stored
  • We then give you an estimate of the value
  • You then obtain a sample from the cask and send to us
  • We taste this and make you a cash offer plus 2 cases (12 x 70cl) or equivalent, Duty Paid and delivered to a UK address free of all costs (bottles, labels, bottling charge, Duty, VAT etc.)
  • You then can enjoy your single cask whisky at your leisure

Every year we buy many casks and have these bottled. The bottles a are then sold direct to the public at Consumer events throughout the UK. This means that when someones sees one of our special Single Cask whiskies at a show, they know that they will not be able to buy it in a shop or online – many of our bottlings are in 50cl bottles. this means that intead of a Single Cask 70cl bottle costing upwards of £65, we can off er them for £50 or less – a win win all round!

Even f you do not have a Cask of whisky, you may sk=know wsoemone who has – they might even give you a bottle if we end up offering on their cask and bottling it.

Cheers! Roy Lewis