Louth-based gin producer Pin Gin has been announced as this year’s winner of Lincolnshire Showground’s annual ‘Grow with the Show’ competition.

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Award winning Pin Gin – a boutique London dry gin distilled and hand made in Louth – will be at the Lincolnshire Showground on 20 and 21 June for the first time, trading in front of more than 60,000 visitors.

Believed to be the first ever gin to be produced commercially in Lincolnshire, Bottomley Distillers, was set up in March 2017 by Louth couple Alan Bottomley and his partner Amy Conyard.

Thanks to the growing popularity of gin across the UK, the start-up has had an exceptional first year of trading, producing an average of 200-300 bottles every week.

Amy said: “It is an honour to win the competition and we are incredibly excited to be exhibiting at the Lincolnshire Show. It is always amazing to win something, but an award associated with the Showground is extra special!”

Grow with the Show is open to young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 years old and aims to help Lincolnshire start-ups by giving them the platform and tools required to excel in the early stages of becoming a new business owner.

It is open to businesses under three-years old and offers the winners a chance to have their very own stand at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show.

Amy added: “The show gives us a great opportunity to make people aware of our brand and show off what we do. Each time we exhibit somewhere, it is all about brand awareness and in each new place we are getting the chance to meet new people and a different type of audience.

“Visitors will not only be able to sample and purchase Pin Gin from our stand but we will also have a bar in the food court with a small seating area so people can sit back and enjoy a gin and tonic! We have also just launched our new strawberry infused gin just in time for summer so we are expecting that to go down well with gin fans!”

Pin Gin will also receive a £250 cash prize, expert mentoring from Sparkhouse, an invitation to the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards and free business stationery designed by Root Studio.

Lincolnshire Show takes place on 20 and 21 June and will host an eclectic mix of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and agriculture.

The theme for this year’s Show is RAF100 and as well as exciting performances and attractions there will be an array of RAF themed activities and stands including a Dakota flypast, a Spitfire flypast, a replica Red Arrow, mini tank driving for children and a special aviation themed treasure hunt trail.

Advanced tickets are £20 for adults, £17 for 17 to 22-year-olds, children are £6 and under-fives go free. Family tickets, admitting two adults and up to three children are priced at £42. Car parking is free on both days.

For more information on tickets, exhibiting, sponsorship opportunities, membership or hospitality packages, please visit www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk

For more information about Pin Gin visit www.bottomleydistillers.co.uk