Ben Franks - Web Communications and Enterprise Consultancy

Writer. Wine Specialist. Serial Entrepreneur.

Hi there, my name’s Ben Franks. Since 2010 I’ve evolved my passion for writing into three successful business ventures. At the age of 16, I founded the international online magazine, Pie Magazine; five years later in 2015, I established Ben Franks Wine, Bath’s leading independent wine consultancy; in the Autumn of 2016, Ben Franks Wine’s success led me to found the all-new specialist wine retailer Novel Wines with my business partner Gyorgy Zsiga.

A thumb in all the pies.

I have worked professionally in journalism, higher education, marketing, hospitality, travel and tourism, and the wine trade in the space of five years. Usually it’s marketing that brings me into these new spaces, but I have also become a mentor to a variety of new generation start-ups.

Basically, I like a challenge.

How can I help you?

You can read some of my thoughts on being an entrepreneur on this website’s blog. I spend a lot of time writing about wine, but I do check in now and again with my two cents. I also offer mentoring to young entrepreneurs for free, especially if you’re looking for investment. There’s only one of me though, so you’ll need to apply here.

Sounding board.

I know what it means to be self-employed. For all the highs, it can also be a pretty lonely business. If you fancy a chat, send me an email. I’ll always make time.

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What I do:

Ben Franks Wine

OWNER / WINE. My independent wine consultancy business offering a wide range of services for hospitality businesses and events for passionate wine enthusiasts in and around Bath. Finalist in the IPSE Freelancer Awards 2016. View…

Pie Magazine

FOUNDER / JOURNALISM. I founded this worldwide online magazine in 2010 and grew it into a publication read by people from all over the globe, reaching over 100,000 views per month at its height. View…

Novel Wines

FOUNDER / WINE. Novel Wines is the UK’s leading specialist wine retailer for unique wine. Our aim is to stop people drinking boring wine, hand-selecting alternatives from the globe’s lesser known regions. Explore our range…

Lindsay Hawdon

FREELANCE / DESIGN. Lindsay is a published, critically-acclaimed children’s author based in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. She required a simply designed website that allowed her to effectively communicate with her readers and share her latest events. View my work…

Tucking Mill

FREELANCE / MARKETING. Tucking Mill Self-Catering is the UK’s No.1 self-catering provider, according to the Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2016. I help develop a whole range of services for the multi-award winning business, in particular the design and web communications. View…


EDUCATION / ENTERPRISE. I developed and co-ordinated Bath Spa University’s enterprise programme BathSparks, which included the daily enterprise Sparks blog. I oversaw the project during the 2015/16 academic year, giving away over £10,000 of funding.

XV Productions

MENTOR / START-UP. XV Productions is a Bath-based foursome who create great videos for both the commercial and creative market.

Drink Me

WRITER / WINE. I write all about “weird and wonderful” wines for the international Drink Me Magazine, they seem to be going well!?

UK Vine

WRITER / WINE. One of my passions is for English wine and I have written regular guest columns for UK Vine since it began.

Bath Life

WRITER / WINE. Every other issue in this classy mag, you’ll find my wine column picking out my favourite tipples. The current editor is Lisa Evans.


SECRETARY / ENTERPRISE. Currently in my third year on the committee for the Federation of Small Businesses in Bath, serving as Secretary for over 700 local members.


FOUNDING BUSINESS MEMBER. I love what the Young Enterprise Networking Association does, so I’m a big supporter of it.