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The Lakes Distillery entrepreneur named in the Walpole Power List

Co-founder of The Lakes Distillery, Nigel Mills CBE has been named as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in British luxury
Nigel Mills CBE, The Lakes Distillery co-founder, has been singled out in the inaugural Walpole Power List, a roll call containing the 50 most influential people in British luxury.

The list was revealed at a party at Ennismore Sessions House in London, on the same day it was announced that the British luxury sector is worth £48 billion to the UK economy.

Nigel Mills commented: “It is a great honour to be named among the most influential people in British luxury and I’d like to thank Walpole. I’m humbled to be considered an influencer in British luxury alongside so many creative, innovative and game-changing people from great British brands like Chapel Down Group and Champagne Laurent-Perrier.

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged by the British luxury industry as we prepare for the global launch of our Lakes Single Malt Whisky Maker’s Reserve in September.

“Our vision is to create one of the world’s great single malt whiskies. Doing so in the North of England, a place more synonymous with industry than luxury goods, is an achievement that proves with hard work, the right team and the will to succeed, there are no barriers to what we can all achieve.”

Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, said: “British luxury has a unique sensibility - its products and experiences make the country famous throughout the world for creativity, craftsmanship, innovation and the ability to conjure new, exciting, relevant stories from a magical past. But what makes British luxury a £48 billion powerhouse is the exceptional ability of the people inside its brands, and Walpole’s annual Luxury Power List recognises and celebrates fifty talented individuals and their impact on this extraordinary, fast-growing sector.”