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Owners of The Vinorium, an innovative wine merchant and wine experience in Mersham-Le-Hatch, near Ashford, has created a rewarding scholarship programme for pupils of The Towers School, Ashford.


Stuart McCloskey, director and owner of The Vinorium’s parent company, Z&B Vintners, approached The Towers School, where he himself was a pupil many years before successfully launching the business in 2005.

Each candidate has been through a rigorous process, with The Vinorium team helping coach them through interviews and applications. The final candidates are now facing their ultimate challenge – to create a viable business using just a £1,000 budget. There will be three other pupils in each team, with support from The Vinorium team also.

Stuart McCloskey, director of both Z&B Vintners and The Vinorium, said: “A lot of people today can’t afford university, and I feel that it is the responsibility of companies to do their bit too.

“We’re looking for someone with a real spark and the drive to help us push forward our vision. This spark is not about passing exams, but about understanding the realities of the business world, being able to make good decisions, and being aware of the risks associated with their actions.

“This is a real-world challenge, with real money and real products. It’s a huge responsibility for the pupils, but also a huge opportunity, and we are all looking forward to the upcoming challenges.”

The scholarship offered by Z&B Vintners will give the successful candidate a full-time commercial role within the fast-paced world of wine. The individual will learn about retail and customer service through The Vinorium and about wine investment through Z&B Vintners, Kent’s diverse fine wine company.

The final challenge began with a planning, workshop session, with all of the pupils on location at The Vinorium on 2nd April 2014.

Watch this space for further announcements…



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