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Ben Franks graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. An aspiring journo, Ben was inspired to take the exam after being commissioned to interview Sam Lindo, winemaker at Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall, for a feature on English wines. Before graduating, he achieved Distinction in Wines & Spirits with the WSET Level 2.
Later that year, to support a new career as a wine journo, Ben sets up Ben Franks Wine, designing restaurant wine lists and hosting tasting sessions across the south west.
Ben is named as one of the trade’s “rising stars” by Drink Me Magazine, an online publication. In April that year, he set up Novel Wines Ltd with importer Gyorgy Zsiga. Ben was 22 years old. As the business’ CEO and Wine Buyer, it would go on to be crowned ‘Best Specialist Retailer – Central and Eastern Europe’ three consecutive years running, picked up an IWC award for Best Southern & Eastern Europe wine range, and was named in Harper’s Best 50 Indies.
Ben is described as ‘One of the UK’s leading wine buyers’ by Decanter Magazine and ‘A leading lad in the wine biz’ by Kate Hawkings in The Buyer. In the same year, Ben invests in and becomes a co-founder and director of Canned Wine Co., the UK’s first premium canned wine business. Canned Wine Co. today is stocked in the National Trust, National Gallery, Harrods, The Belfry, over 200 independents, and in export markets across Europe.
Building on the success of his wine businesses, Ben relaunches his consultancy focusing on wine and spirits’ route to market.
Ben is recognised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and is nominated to become a member. The nomination is partly for his entrepreneurialism in wine and spirits, and for his work with young entrepreneurs through mentoring and supporting Bath Spa University, Bath College, University of West England, and Beechen Cliff School Sixth Form.
In 2021, 6 years into the wine trade, Ben passed the WSET Diploma in Wines.