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Howard Davies

Co-Founder of The Salcombe Distilling Company

Howard Davies, a seasoned entrepreneur and the co-founder of the Salcombe Distilling Company, brings a wealth of experience in leadership, strategic business growth, and sustainability. With a strong focus on practical strategies for navigating the complexities of startup development, building brand equity, crowdfunding, and market expansion, Howard delivers insightful, engaging, and highly interactive presentations. He is committed to sharing real-life business experiences, including both triumphs and setbacks, which inspire and equip audiences to pursue innovation and strategic growth effectively"

Tracey Duke

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Howard Davies is a dynamic entrepreneur and the visionary co-founder of Salcombe Distilling Co., known for its award-winning Salcombe Gin. With a keen eye for strategic growth and a passion for sustainable business practices, Howard has successfully navigated the challenging waters of the beverage industry, transforming a local gin distillery into a celebrated brand recognised on the national and international stages.

Howard's journey is marked by significant achievements. Under his joint leadership, Salcombe Distilling Co. has expanded its product line beyond the flagship Salcombe Gin to include a variety of spirits, including innovative non-alcoholic offerings and specialty rums. His strategic approach to funding has raised over £3million, fueling expansion and innovation. Howard's commitment to sustainability is evident in his proactive environmental initiatives, which include partnerships with the Marine Conservation Society, to regenerate coastal ecosystems and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). 

Beyond his business acumen, Howard is a respected figure in the entrepreneurial community, known for his ability to blend practical business strategies with a genuine commitment to making a positive impact. His story is one of growth through fostering a culture that values transparency, engagement, and responsible stewardship of the environment.

What to Expect

When Howard Davies takes the stage, audiences are immediately engaged by his energetic and interactive presentation style. He brings a unique blend of enthusiasm and relatability to his talks, ensuring that his sessions are both informative and deeply engaging. Howard believes in creating a dynamic two-way dialogue, encouraging questions, and fostering an environment where every participant feels valued and inspired.

His presentations are rich with real-life examples from his own entrepreneurial journey. Attendees can expect to dive into topics such as:

  • Navigating the Startup Journey: From transforming an idea into a thriving business to navigating the complexities of funding and strategic growth.

  • Building Investor Trust: Insights into successful funding strategies and building a rapport with investors through transparency and responsiveness.

  • Creating Brand Equity: Developing brand value to deliver distinct market positioning, long term growth and business worth. 

  • Leadership by Example: Demonstrating how hands-on leadership and fostering a culture of innovation can drive business success.

  • Sustainable Business Practices: Sharing practical steps for integrating sustainability into business operations, highlighting his work with environmental conservation.

Howard's approach is all about making his experiences accessible and relevant, allowing his audience to draw parallels to their own challenges and opportunities in the business world.

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A Lasting Impact 

Howard's talks are designed to leave a lasting impact on his audience. Organisations and individuals alike will benefit from his deep insights into the challenges and rewards of building a business in a competitive and fast-paced market. His stories and strategies are particularly resonant for:

  • Entrepreneurs and Startups: Offering actionable advice on moving from concept to reality, fundraising, and avoiding common pitfalls.

  • Business Leaders and Executives: Demonstrating how to inspire and lead teams effectively, while also making strategic decisions that balance innovation with maintaining core business values.

  • Sustainability Advocates: Providing practical examples of how businesses can contribute to environmental stewardship and operate sustainably without compromising on growth or profitability.

  • Broader Industry Audiences: From beverage industry professionals to general business conferences, Howard's experiences offer valuable lessons on adaptability, strategic planning, and customer engagement.

Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the topics discussed along with practical tools and inspiration to apply these lessons in their own professional lives. Howard's commitment to sharing both the highs and the lows ensures that his audience receives a holistic view of the entrepreneurial journey, making his sessions a transformative experience for those looking to innovate and grow in their respective fields.

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Represented by: Tracey Duke

Location: Exeter, England

Who: Howard Davies, co-founder of Salcombe Distilling Co., has grown the brand from a local gin distillery to an international leader, emphasising quality, sustainability and strategic growth. With over £3million raised through direct investment and crowdfunding, Howard champions environmental initiatives and a culture of transparency, making a significant impact in the beverage industry.


What to Expect: Howard Davies delivers engaging, interactive presentations, blending enthusiasm with relatability. Expect insights from his entrepreneurial journey, covering startup navigation, product & brand development, investor relations, leadership, and sustainable practices. His approach fosters a dynamic dialogue, encouraging audience participation and making his experiences accessible and relevant to all attendees.


The Lasting Impact: Howard’s' talks inspire lasting change, equipping audiences with insights to tackle business challenges in dynamic markets. Entrepreneurs learn to navigate startups and funding, while leaders gain strategies for team inspiration and strategic balance. His focus on sustainability shows how to achieve eco-friendly growth, providing a transformative experience for diverse industry audiences.


Popular with: Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders. Business Leaders and Executives: Sustainability Advocates and Environmental Professionals. Marketing and Branding Professionals. Educators and Students in Business Studies


Available for: Keynote Speeches. Panel Discussions. Workshops and Seminars. Corporate Events. Webinars and Virtual Talks. Networking Events and Meetups. Media Appearances and Interviews

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