Family Business Shed 1 Distillery Win SBS Award

Exciting news for Cumbria-based Shed 1 Distillery as the family business has just received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.

Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett, who are the owners of Ulverston’s Shed 1 Distillery, tweeted Theo about their micro gin distillery during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his near half a million Twitter followers.

The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 3,000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK. They are also profiled on the #SBS website ( that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.

Zoe Arnold-Bennett said, “This kind of initiative is so important for small businesses like ourselves, particularly during such an unstable time. We’re looking forward to meeting Theo Pathitis and the other SBS winners at next year’s event.”

Later the same week they were recognized in The World Gin Awards. “We were delighted that our GIGGLE IN THE GINNEL GIN won a BRONZE AWARD for Signature Botanical!”

Andy continues: “However, we were blown away when we saw that The Old Calf Shed was shortlisted in the WORLD’S BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION. To get this recognition, and after such a difficult year, is huge and makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Andy and Zoe are reopening The Old Calf Shed on Saturdays from April 17th for bottle sales and will be welcoming visitors back, Afternoon G&Teas, Gin Tours, Gin Tastings and Cumbria’s only Make Your Own Gin Experiences from June. The Old Calf Shed can also be hired for private events and it became a licensed wedding venue.

In the meantime, you can find details about all their products, and their online shop, on their website: