UK trade charity The Drinks trust is offering skills, peer-to-peer networking and mentoring through a new platform called The Drinks Community.
The new initiative is dedicated to creating connection and opportunity, providing a leading networking, upskilling, careers and vocational space for drinks people.
The online platform aims to help members grow and develop in their careers by offering access to both inspirational and practical advice, which will be delivered alongside vocational materials, networking opportunities, forums and exclusive content.
A founding committee has been brought together to guide the programme, offering their expertise, insight and advice to ensure that the content captures the zeitgeist and builds a community that supports all its members in moving forward.
The Steering Committee members are Amber Gardner of NoMad; Declan McGurk of The Boatyard Distillery; Freddie Cobb of Vagabond Wines; Harriet Kininmonth of Enotria & Coe; Isabelle Gormezano Marks of Small Beer Brew Co; Jacine Rutasikwa of Matugga Distillers; Millie Milliken of Imbibe; Sylvia Oates of Best Bar None; and Tom Surgey of Three Wine Men, Pingza.
Ross Carter, chief executive of The Drinks Trust, said: “The Drinks Community will be the voice of drinks people.
“Together, we will create, curate and share the most relevant and exciting vocational content that will help grow your career and connect you with more people, and more opportunity, from across our vibrant industry.
“We will offer the services and opportunities that will help our people become more skilled, ultimately making our sector stronger, smarter, more connected, more resilient and more diverse.
“First and foremost, The Drinks Community will exist to deliver on a genuine need within the drinks industry, particularly now, at a time when community will be central to the recovery of the drinks and hospitality sectors.”
The Drinks Community site will be launching in January and will continue to recruit contributors and support from across the sector to bring together the most timely, useful and topical content and resources.
The Drinks Trust will also be launching The Drinks Community Mentor Programme and calling for applicants in the coming weeks.