Movers & Shakers: Two new managerial roles at Lay & Wheeler

Nick Connell of Lay & Wheeler

Nick Connell of Lay & Wheeler - Credit: Archant

TWO new roles, sales manager and marketing manager, have been created at Holton St Mary-based wine company Lay & Wheeler.

Lay & Wheeler, originally founded in 1854, has long been part of the fabric of the UK fine wine trade, as well as being among the East Anglian region’s oldest businesses. Purchased by Majestic Wine in 2009, it is now part of one of the most successful wine companies in the UK.

The establishment of two new customer-facing roles comes at an important time with the company aiming to introduce fine wine to an ever expanding list of customers.

Nick Connell, formerly of St Helena School in Colchester, has returned to the area to take up the role of sales manager. A solicitor by original training at Nottingham Law School, he worked for six years in property law in London, before changing direction completely to pursue a career in the wine industry. He joins from an established London merchant, bringing a fresh perspective to the team.

Former Colchester County High School pupil Kat Wiggins has worked with Lay & Wheeler for more than 10 years, joining the company almost straight after her studies at the University of Cambridge. Initially working in fine wine sales, but with an increasing focus on marketing and fine wine offers, she has been promoted to the role of marketing manager with a brief, among other things, to increase the company’s profile both locally and nationally.

Director David Smith said: “In what are challenging times for all businesses I am delighted to have strengthened the management team at Lay & Wheeler. In the coming months I want to improve our connections throughout East Anglia and especially in Essex and Suffolk.

With Kat and Nick in place, we are very well placed to do this.”

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