Broadway Wine Company awards its first two franchises

Gloucestershire-based premium wine supplier Broadway Wine Company has awarded its first two franchises.

The two new franchisees will supply premium wines to shops, pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants in Oxfordshire and the Black Country.

Broadway Wine Company entered into a strategic partnership with franchise experts Taylor Made Franchising in January 2022.

With the support of their experienced head office team, owners Doug Brown and James Kemp have now franchised their business and awarded their first two franchises.

The two new franchisees will operate their franchises alongside their current jobs, until they are successful enough to support themselves and their families.

Accountant Munminder Gill (50, pictured right) has been awarded territory in the Black Country, including Wolverhampton and Dudley.

Munminder said, “I’ve been in corporate finance my whole career and wanted a change; I decided I wanted a franchise that I could start small and grow alongside my job as an accountant. I did some googling, found the Taylor Made Franchising site and from there, Broadway Wine Company.

“The company and the proposal were very attractive to me. Being one of the first franchisees is great news for me. The world is truly my oyster and I am excited about the possibility of expansion in the future.

Sanal Sundaresan (41, pictured left) will lead the Oxfordshire Territory alongside his wife Sreerekha (38).

Sanal holds an MBA in hospitality and has worked in hotels in Switzerland, Dubai and the UK. He also worked in car sales and mortgage advice.

Sanal said, “By purchasing a Broadway Wine Company franchise, I combine my love of wine with my experience in the hospitality industry and of course the opportunity to run my own business. My wife Sreerekha will work with me in our new family business.

“I needed a franchise that I could run alongside my current job until I was ready to commit to it full time. I needed something that I could start small and grow gradually. and something where I didn’t need to employ staff immediately; Broadway Wine Company ticked all those boxes for me.

Munminder and Sanal recently completed training at the company’s wine warehouse and head office in Gloucestershire.

Commenting on their training, Sanal said: “The training was wonderful; very informal, just the way i like it, Doug, Alan and James were fantastic. It wasn’t too intense, just very pleasant. We have learned enough to be able to assimilate everything. It was perfect.

Munminder confirmed: “The training went very well; it was a really enjoyable few days with Doug, Alan, James and Sanal my fellow new franchisee at the company’s warehouse in the Cotswolds. Time flew by and it was very sociable, as you would expect with the wine involved. Alan and Doug put together a very comprehensive training program, it was very smooth and I learned a lot.

The new franchisees are avowed wine connoisseurs: Sanal enjoys an Argentinian Malbec while Munminder prefers a Merlot and they are both already in talks with potential new customers, including an off-license, restaurant and local store.

Doug Brown, one of the directors of the Broadway Wine Company, said: “Things have gone extremely well. We had great support from Alan and David at Taylor Made Franchising who helped us franchise the business and now here we are, training our first two franchisees.

“Munminder and Sanal are superb; the training went very well and now they have returned to their territories full of excitement and enthusiasm to start their business. We wish them good luck and will of course be by their side every step of the way to offer advice and support.

Shirley M. Pinder