We are proud to announce that Bottomley Distillers and their award winning Pin Gin has merged with Next Frontier Brands. The merger will see Bottomley move from their current space- a small distillery in Lincolnshire, UK- to one more than ten times the size to keep up with increased demand and production rates. Bottomley has seen exponential growth since its founding in 2016, with the merger providing a perfect catalyst to continue that trajectory. Next Frontier Brands is a leading hemp-based beverage, beauty and wellness company, with offices in the United States and Europe, as well as Hong Kong and New Zealand. Bottomley Distillers will be the most recent addition to their fast-growing portfolio of globally recognized brands.
For Bottomley Co-Founders Alan Bottomley and Amy Conyard, the business is described as “a labour of love". Four years ago, Alan decided to distil spirits full time with the support of Amy and their young daughter, Molly. Blending classic techniques inspired by Alan's father, with a selection of artfully chosen botanicals, Pin Gin was born. Enthusiastically received by the community in Lincolnshire, their trademark spirit has gone on to win multiple awards both locally and nationally. As Alan remembers, Pin Gin started “from an idea just a few years ago, which Amy told me off for in the beginning! I am so proud that we have been able to honour my dad and create a future for our daughter. I cannot wait to get stuck into the increase in production and to see our brands go to the next level.” For Alan and Amy, the local community always remains at the heart of their work.
Most recently that work included adapting their small distillery to commercially produce 15,000 litres of hand sanitizer to support NHS services and other charities through the Covid-19 pandemic. Amy is a strong advocate for mental health awareness, and in early 2020 Bottomley partnered with St. Barnabas Hospice to raise vital funds for the organization with the creation and sale of their ‘Est. 1982’ label gin. In just four short years Alan and Amy have gone from distilling gin in their garage, to seeing Pin Gin sold in retail spaces and bars across the country, as well as running their own gin school and tasting room.
The merger with Next Frontier will serve to further this growth while maintaining the ethos of a family run local business. Reflecting on their success, Amy says “We could have never imagined that we would achieve what we have in just four years. We have worked tirelessly to build relationships county and countrywide and are immensely proud of being an integral part of putting Lincolnshire on the distillery map. We cannot wait for what the future holds with Next Frontier Brands and look forward to growing with them!” As for the future of Bottomley, Dean Draper, Next Frontiers European Managing Director says the goal is simple: “We will use Next Frontiers expertise and international distribution platform to turn Pin Gin into a global brand". The company will continue to operate under the name Bottomley Distillers postmerger. Next Frontier not only intends to create jobs locally in the UK but to invest at least five million (GBP) in the company within the next twenty-four months.