Brothers toast new venture

TWO entrepreneurial brothers are toasting a new chapter in their business venture after opening their second shop in Northumberland.

Michael and Gareth Bateman, of The Wine Boutique @ No.14 Alnwick, moved into their first premises in the town less than 12 months ago.

Now, they have opened the doors of their second outlet at Heighley Gate Garden Centre near Morpeth.

“It is fabulous to be working with Heighley Gate on such an exciting new project. Our plans are that this will be the first of many outlets within The Garden Centre Group,” said Michael.

Last year, the brothers were forced to change the business name from The Boutique Wine Company (North East) following complaints from a London business with a similar title.

But the pair believe the saga brought them a lot of interest.

Gareth said: “In some ways this was a blessing in disguise. The change of name issue made it into all the local papers and customers flocked to us pledging support.

“Indeed we must be doing something right, our customers now come to us from the Borders in the north and Durham in the south.”

Michael added: “We continue to offer high-quality wines without the high-quality price tag.”