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It’s Always Good To Wine A Little

Ah, wine! Produced by man, wanted by the gods. There’s no hiding the absolute beauty of a well-aged bottle of wine. Especially in a country like the UK, where wine is combined so beautifully with the eating culture, it is impossible for the wine industry not to prosper.

In the UK, some vintners have been popping up all over to fulfill the public demand for new diverse types of wine. A vintner is someone who is involved in the process of making wine, either through industry or from his own vineyard. Because of the sheer amount of wines out there, along with the number of people that want said wines, the industry is becoming one of the fastest growing alcohol industries in the entire world.

Be it an organic wine with no sodium, or wine as old as time; there are UK vintners to cater to your specific wine needs. But with a lot of wines out there, there comes along another problem. The problem of picking the perfect wine.

Some people like Chardonnay and some like Cabernet Franc. Whatever your preference, there is a perfect wine out there for you. But if the only difference that you can tell in wines is the color, then picking a good wine might be a bit of a daunting task. Thankfully, there are people out there who are trained in enology (that’s the science and study of wine) who can help you pick out the perfect bottle for the perfect occasion.

As the market grows, so does the competition. As the number of independent UK vintners keeps increasing, they are making more and more efforts to appeal to the people. With the market scenario, it isn’t just the bottle that gets people buying it off the shelves, but the entire customer experience.

Uk vintners like Viader Vintners not only provide their customers a wide selection of wine but also host numerous onsite events and wine tastings to introduce newbies to the world of fine wine.

Some vintners like UKV PLC sell collectible wines from all over the world, and from different eras, for curators and wine enthusiasts to add to their collections.

If going out for a bottle of wine seems like too much of a hassle, and buying a month’s supply of wine seems like a better option, sites like Merchant Vintners has got you covered. Offering a wide list of exclusive wines which can be bought in bulk, this company sure knows how to appeal to its customers.

After all, life is too short to waste it on bad wine.

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Dick DeVos Education and Work History

Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Richard Marvin DeVos and Helen June (Van Wesep). Richard DeVos, his father is the co-founder of Amway. Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur-businessman and has spent his vast career working in various executive positions at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Windquest Group, and Amway. DeVos went through the public school system and graduated from Forest Hills. He holds a business administration degree from Northwood University. He has also attended Wharton’s School, the Harvard Business School, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Grove City College, Central Michigan University and Northwood University where he enjoys distinguished alumni status. DeVos is also a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot and has won the National sailor championship twice.

 

During his nine-year term as the president of Amway, DeVos was actively involved in the company’s operations which span around 50 countries in six continents. Amway reported $4.5 billion in sales, during his last fiscal year. Before becoming president, he had worked as Vice President of Amway International where he was in charge of operations in 18 countries outside America. During his presidency at Amway, the company tripled its international sales and opened new markets for the first time exceeding domestic sales. In 1991 the DeVos family acquired the Orlando Magic team, and Dick DeVos assumed the role of CEO for three years.

 

Apart from his business roles, DeVos has also been involved in many community initiatives. He started the West Michigan Aviation School, an Education Freedom Fund that has awarded scholarships to over 4,000 underprivileged children in Michigan, and has also served on the Education State Board. He has acted as chair/co-chair of various regional healthcare and revitalization improvements in the Grand Rapids area including a $212M convention center, $75M downtown arena, a $130M heart hospital, a $30M Downtown Market and a $90M medical school. In 1997, he published a book “Rediscovering American Values,” which is a best seller and is available in seven different languages. Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos who is a former chair lady of Michigan Republican Party and a Secretary of Education designee of President-Elect Donald Trump. They both have seven children and five grandchildren.

 

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Pivot to Profitability- Handy’s Difficult Choices to Sweep Away the Red

A ubiquitous unicorn may be an irony, but billion dollar valuations for technology startups had increasingly become common for Silicon Valley: For those CEO’s, breaking into new markets and raising capital is to feed fuel into an insatiable fire. For Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan though, the more difficult approach in reducing costs, and long term developments in strategy and product, seems to have paid off.

With venture capital funding plummeting 11% at the start of 2016, many start up companies were found too far past a moment of pause to ask themselves how to fuel growth with anything other than new funding. “Do you have a reasonable plan to grow to profitability without too much cash?”, and what that plan is, is one that Hanrahan and co-founder Umang Dua may not have agreed on in 2014. Along the advent of companies like Uber, Handy hoped to be your go-to business for on-demand cleaning, and the company had entered a crossroad: should they expand past its 28 markets, or move to cut costs and improve its on-boarding process for new cleaners?

If competitor HomeJoy had asked that difficult question earlier, they may not have dropped out of the services market in late 2015. By moving call centers to contract companies, increasing the use of bots for customer queries, and allowing new cleaners to on-board through their website, Handy.com had cut costs- but not without difficulty, as recruiters left the business with the slow advent of online onboarding, and the company was castigated by complaints.

Beginning to settle its teething issues, Handy is under way to thrive in the post-unicorn era of over-extolled startups. Seeing increased customer density in their markets, and slimming down their expenditures, the company expects to make it into profitability in the second half of 2017.

 

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Jason Hope: The Arizona Futurist Who Wants You To Live Forever

Our future looks bleak: with half the water in the U.S. poisoned by lead, cancer affecting more and more young adults, rising global temperatures, and a nation of internet trolls obsessed with Pepe and Harambe memes, things are depressing, to say the least. So, obviously, any futurist alive today probably wants to throw in the towel. Well, not so fast. There’s one from Arizona who remains optimistic.

The man of the hour is Jason Hope, an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and technology CEO whose ideas about the future may just brighten your cloudy afternoon. Jason believes that connectivity using the “Internet of Things” will be the catalyst that pushes mankind into a brighter future.

The entrepreneur has a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. His passion for technology and improving people’s lives has made him a household name among tech-savvy individuals. Although, it’s his work in philanthropy that will inspire you.

Philanthropy has become a huge focus for him in recent years. He gives it credit for his success, along with his ability to overcome failure by keeping his eyes on the future of medicine and technology. He never forgets the big picture.

Jason sees a world where people live forever, and every disease is as curable as a common headache. He’s partnered with the SENS Foundation where he works to prevent age-related disease. He helped fund the AGE-breaker research laboratory for the SENS Foundation in 2013. He also created a grant program aimed at providing start-up money for innovators in high school and college who want to become the next professionals in the industry.

A true maverick, Jason Hope won’t give up fighting the status quo. He believes the best strategy for improving the current state of medicine is to challenge the way we treat disease. To cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and lung cancer, he suggests we leap over the hurdles of traditional medicine. Instead of focusing solely on curing disease, it’s important to him that we understand the root causes of illness. The work he’s done with the SENS foundation has been to prevent diseases before they happen.

Jason’s work with SENS, along with Dr. Aubrey De Gray, the research foundation’s Chief Science Officer, have been some of the most satisfying moments of his career and life.

Follow @jasonhope on Twitter.

 

 

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A Look at the Best UK Vintners

The tantalizing taste of wine has been around since the ancient times, and it is no surprise as to why this sparkling drink has made it through the tough times. Wine, unlike any other alcoholic drink, comes with a lot of health benefits, a fact that has been supported and recommended by medical practitioners and nutritionists in equal terms.

Though various countries such as South Africa, Spain, and Ireland have been producing wines, the UK stands out as been one of the frontrunners in this industry. Currently, UK has over 500 active vineyards which cover over 4,500 acres of land. With this type of “wealth” to boost about, it shouldn’t come as a surprise as to why the UK has always rattled feathers in the wine industry.

Though we have a high number of wine producing companies in the UK, the following are some of the best UK Vintners that each and every wine lover should make an effort and purchase a bottle of wine from them.

Camel Valley

Camel Valley has been on the market since 1989, and the quality of the wines produced by this company is unmatched. The proximity of Camel Valley to Camel River has contributed positively to the general outlook and success of the company. Camel River is popularly known for its rich and highly fertile grapes which only explain why Camel Valley produces highly nutritious wine. Furthermore, Camel Valley is still the undisputed wine estate in England.

Mr. Wheeler: The Wine Company

It has always been said that the older the wine grows, the sweeter it becomes. If you believe in this saying, then you shouldn’t look any further than Mr. Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has been producing and distributing wine products since the year 1883. With over two centuries in the industry, you will never go wrong with a wine product from Mr. Wheeler.

Ridgeview England

Ridgeview England is another UK Vintners wine company that is family owned. The company has been around for more than two decades, and its presence in the wine industry has not gone unnoticed. Ridgeview England has won numerous awards with the most memorable ones been the five-time winner of the UKVA Wine of the Year award and the IWSC Best English Producer respectively.

Hush and Heath Estate

Unlike other vintners in the UK, Hush and Heath is a wine estate that brings together a total of 400 acres of perfectly oriented and majestically manicured vineyards, flora and fauna, and apple orchards. Hush and Heath is famous for its signature wine, the Balfour Brut Rose, which has won the company numerous awards in the past few years.

So, the next time you want to relax with a glass of sparkling wine, make sure that it comes from one of the mentioned UK Vintners.