Hi there, my name’s Ben. I’m currently the founder of the online wine merchant Novel Wines and managing director of the wine & spirits digital marketing agency Ben Franks Wine. I’m well and truly a wine enthusiast, determined to share wine in a relaxed way with fellow wine lovers all over the world.
In 2010, when I was 16 years old, I began my entrepreneurial journey by launching Pie Magazine, an online magazine that went on to be ready by 100,000 people per month and had a team of nearly 100 volunteer writers by 2014. I served as its creator and editor-in-chief until handing over the reigns in 2015 to set up Ben Franks Wine.
After a year of telling bars, restaurants and wine retailers how to sell more wine I figured it was time to lead by example. In 2016, frustrated by a lack of excitement in wine, my business partner Gyorgy Zsiga and I founded Novel Wines in April.
In only a few months Novel Wines has rapidly become the UK’s most curious wine retailer with a range featuring wines from England, Wales, Bulgaria, Hungary, Japan, Croatia and beyond! Our brand new merchant has been featured in the national press, in Drinks Business and on TV & radio.
Why have I done all of this? I’ve always been hugely passionate about one thing: I want to live my dream, not someone else’s. I believe running your own business is – albeit stressful – the most freeing and most rewarding experience you can undertake.
I have fulfilled non-executive director roles, lectured on enterprise at Bath Spa University, and is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Executive Foundation and a founding member of the Young Entrepreneur’s Networking Association (YENA).
I offer mentoring on a 1-2-1 basis for start-ups only. We can chat over Skype, in person or by telephone on a basis that suits you.
“Ben was superb and has opened my eyes to the possibilities I can achieve.”
Jack Sherman Marketing Consultant
“The talks are always so helpful.”
Ferdinand Niedel PURE Events
I am available for: monthly mentoring, non-executive roles, public speaking, interview and marketing consultancy. If you would like to hire me for any of those roles, please contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org