You already have a dream of owning your own business – planning your own day – helping people achieve their dreams – getting maximum job satisfaction from every day – as well as keeping the profits for yourself and building a profitable successful business that one day you can sell, realising the asset growth.

Buying a Franchise makes all these dreams possible but without the challenge of inventing the structure, the systems, the marketing, and the inevitable administration.

A Franchise is a ready-made business opportunity, with an established brand and offering, established systems and processes, and a proven way of working. With the benefit of Nelson’s distilling experience, and with an in-depth training programme you will be equipped to replicate the Nelson’s School concept in your own area.

You will receive ongoing support to ensure that your business grows and rewards your investment with a steady income and the benefit of the increased value of the business when you come to sell.


Buying a Nelson’s franchise opens doors into the fascinating world and industry of gin. Discover the wonders and opportunities that come with providing a multiple award-winning Gin School experience.


Enter into a business with a tried and tested structure, successful operating systems in place, topped off with an incredibly proactive marketing and administrative team!


Equip yourself with valuable knowledge and insight passed down from the Master Distiller, Neil Harrison, himself. Acquire expertise that provides you with the lenses to experience and master the finer things in life – such as distilling top-quality gin!


The Nelson’s Team will be alongside you every step of the way. We are here to ensure that your franchise and investments enjoy the tremendous growth it deserves up until the day you decide to sell.

Founded in 2016 by Neil Harrison, Nelson’s Distillery in Uttoxeter produces distinctive gins, vodkas, and golden rums. Over the last four years, Nelson’s has supplied luxury brand hospitality and retail outlets established an on-line sales platform and sold its products through the on-site shop in Uttoxeter establishing a sound presence in the market.

In addition, they have set up a Nelson’s School in Uttoxeter, and also in Manila in the Philippines, where up to twenty-eight visitors are tutored through the distilling process, adding their own selection of botanicals to produce their own distinctive gin. The recipe is retained by the distillery so that customers can re-order their own gin.

The Nelson’s School in Uttoxeter is a 5-star Trip Advisor rated visitor attraction and one of the top tourist attractions to visit in Staffordshire.

Unlike other gin schools, Nelson’s does not need a fixed venue as the stills and kit required can be packed into a mobile unit and set up in any suitable space. This allows the franchisee to have more than one venue or utilise space on a part time basis. This flexibility allows for the school to be set up and dismantled on the day with minimum of disruption to the venue.

Together with professional marketing, distinctive recipes and wide choice of 50 botanicals, Nelson’s School stands apart from competitors and offers a consistently high class visitor experience every time.

The business model, already well established in Uttoxeter, forms the basis of the Franchise and has a record of steady growth and profitability. The business is heavily endorsed by customer demand, has excellent margins and potential for expansion.

In return for a Franchise Package Fee, you will be given a protected area and help to establish your Nelson’s School. All the equipment and ingredients you will need to hold schools will be provided together with detailed training.

You will be offering 4-hour tutored sessions, together with a tasting and lunch for up to sixteen people at a time who will learn about gin in general, and Nelson’s Gin in particular, and will be able to produce and take away their own distinctive recipe gin choosing from 50 botanicals.

You will be fully trained in all aspects of owning and operating a Nelson’s School Franchise. The training, both theoretical and practical, will take place in Uttoxeter and in your location and will be carried out by the experienced Nelson’s School’s training team.



► Actively marketing the business on a local level to both suitable venues and potential clients.

► Following up and converting enquiries to clients.

► Delivering school sessions and selling Nelson’s products.

► Keeping financial records, reconciling accounts, reporting to Nelson’s School Franchise Ltd. as required.

► Keeping skills and knowledge up to date.

We are looking for the right candidates to own the Nelson’s School franchise. You will be an outgoing person, maybe from a teaching or selling background, or from the hospitality sector, who is used to inspiring groups of people, can effectively sell the concept to hotels or similar licensed outlets.



► Suitable background and skills.

► A knowledge of, and an affinity with, what we do.

► A logical and organised way of working.

► The ability to effectively market the Nelson’s School Franchise and deliver the services.

► Ability and willingness to implement our model.

► Prepared to listen to advice and guidance.

► Ability to work within a predetermined system.

► Adequate business funding.

► Agreeable personality with good social skills.

► Commitment to delivering and maintaining high quality services.

► Attention to detail.

► Ability to prioritise.

► Strong communication skills.


You will need to have access to around £35,000 to cover the Franchise Package Fee and some working capital.

The Nelsons school franchise has the backing of some of the largest UK banks who will provide unsecured funding to franchisees, subject to status.

We are looking for Franchisees to join us across the United Kingdom with over 120 exclusive locations currently available.

Fill in the enquiry form below and you will be contacted to discuss the Nelson’s School Franchise in more detail.


For further details and instruction please download our prospectus,
or make an appointment and visit our distillery at:
5a Grindley Business Park, Grindley, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST18 0LR


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