DABS Social April 2021

Join us on Thursday 1 April from 5:30pm for our DABS online Social Live and Learn Networking event, with our guest speaker Josh Callon, owner of mobile specialty cocktail company The Swordmaker.

Josh says: “With almost 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry I certainly know my way around a drink and totally respect the value of bringing people together, to enjoy themselves, food and of course cocktails!

"The Swordmaker started as a business with one mobile bar when I was around 25, with the view to transform people's domestic spaces, both indoor and out, into fabulous cocktail lounges. The mobile bar was designed and handmade specifically to look the part and work perfectly for a cocktail bartender too!

"Shortly after returning from New Zealand following a life-changing trip, I decided to push this business as much as I could and I quickly began gaining interest from bar owners and venue managers to write them cocktail menus and train their staff. A consultancy service was born too!

"As a student I studied music at Newcastle University and have always been hugely creative and ambitious, yet COVID-19 still provided me with the task of a lifetime. I will be talking about the mental struggles of being a one-man start-up before the pandemic and how I adapted during COVID-19 to provide a bottled cocktail delivery service with an e-commerce store. Most importantly, I will be sharing my positive outlook on a life/business in the post-COVID world and how to use what we have learned to solidify the viability of business.

"I would advise any individual, young, old or in-between, that starting your own business can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. It will also be the most intense way of learning how to survive in the big bad beautiful world too!

"Find out the story behind the name, how many times I get asked about swords and what my favourite cocktail is…"

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Amanda Armstrong
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