The first day of trading for The Ely Gin Company Ltd was on Saturday 26th March 2012, setting out a stall on Ely market.
We are often asked how the company started. The founder, James Clark, used to work as a computer programmer, a job that is not as glamorous as you might imagine. After some 20 years of staring at a screen, James had a sudden thought: maybe there is more to life than this.
James had always wanted to run his own company, but what to make? Drawing on his hobby of making hedgerow wines and sloe gin, James decided to experiment in making sloe gin with other fruits – success! And so a company was born.
In September 2012, the Cambridgeshire Journal magazine produced an excellent article about the (then) fledgling Ely Gin Company. The magazine can be found here (opens in a new window/tab), with the article starting on page 80 (click on the page counter at the top of the screen).
In June 2016, the company built on the success of its gins by branching out into flavoured vodkas and introducing the Octagon Vodka range.
The Ely Gin Company is now in the ninth year of trading and has changed dramatically since those market stall beginnings. As well as selling across the U.K. through many different stockists, food festivals and events, the company has shops in Ely and Downham Market, and also sells around Europe through the power of internet.