Excellent B4 Classic Event at The Oxford Artisan Distillery

B4 The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) welcomed B4 Members and their guests for a tour of the newly opened distillery, the first of its kind in central Oxford. The event included casual networking with drinks and canapés, with speeches by Tom Nicolson, CEO & Chairman of TOAD and Richard Rosser, CEO of B4.

Tom Nicolson commented: “It was wonderful to welcome B4 Members and their guests to TOAD last night. We were delighted to showcase our product and tell the story of TOAD to the variety of companies that attended. B4 is an excellent networking organisation and a great way to grow business. Networking has helped us immensely since the conception of TOAD.”

B4’s Richard Rosser added: “What an excellent evening in the company of the flamboyant and charismatic Tom Nicolson and the team at TOAD. Tom is the original showman and gave our members an in-depth history of this real success story. We’ve really enjoyed supporting TOAD in their first year of business and it’s such a wonderful story – they deserve the success they are enjoying and will no doubt continue to expand and create as they become more established over the years. Great feedback from the B4 members and their guests and one for the calendar for next year hopefully. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting TOAD, make sure you get up to support them on their fascinating journey.”

Joy Le Fevre, Strategic Communications Consultant, who assisted in organising the event commented: “I am a huge supporter of organisations who put relationships first.  B4 does this with great skill – effecting well considered business introductions and taking every opportunity to put like-minded people in touch. The networking events are great – and the classic event at the distillery was no exception. People seemed genuinely to be having a marvellous time – and TOAD got to thoroughly demonstrate what lies at the heart of its brand. It was a fantastic evening.”

View photos from the event here.

Watch the event video here.

We were delighted to welcome representatives from the following companies:

  • Addis Law
  • ads advertising & design solutions
  • Alberon
  • Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
  • Better People
  • Blue Pebble Consulting
  • Brand New Dawn
  • BrookStreet des Roches LLP
  • Chapman Robinson and Moore
  • College and County
  • Cotswold Taste
  • Elitonia Ltd
  • ForPOS Ltd
  • Frederick Jewson
  • Freeths LLP
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Hawkwell House Hotel
  • Helen & Douglas House
  • Hilltop Consultancy
  • HTA
  • Jays Logistic Consulting
  • Knights 1759
  • Leading Edge Coaching
  • Lewis Silkin
  • Light Bright Communications
  • Mini Plant Oxford
  • Mulholland Landscape Consultants
  • Oxford Castle Unlocked
  • Oxford City Council
  • Oxford Garden Design
  • Oxford Spires
  • Pint Shop
  • Progression Boats
  • The Image Works
  • The Plastic Goldfish Company
  • Two One Services
  • You HR
  • Oxford Event Hire
  • John Kennedy
  • Ema Murphy PR & Digital Media


“Thanks for another great B4 Event. A fascinating and exciting journey for The Oxford Artisan Distillery and great to see and taste what they have created!” – Anna Britnor Guest, Principal Consultant, Leading Edge Coaching

“A great tour of Oxford’s own Artisan Distillery ‘TOAD’ topped off with a smattering of networking with B4.” – Chaz Snell, Commercial Photographer, The Plastic Goldfish

“Another great B4 event and what an amazing story the birth of TOAD was. I look forward to watching the development of what will, I am sure, become an iconic Oxford brand. Well done all at TOAD and all at B4!” – David Mulholland, Director, Mulholland Landscape Consultants

 “Thanks for a great night B4 and TOAD. Very inspiring and a fascinating story. Make mine a double next time!” – Andy Cooke, Managing Director, The Image Works

 “Thanks for a great event, Richard. And thanks, too, to Tom et al for the gin – delicious! What a great set up you have there. Wishing you great success!” – Emma Delap, Managing Associate, Lewis Silkin

“Fantastically insightful tour of The Oxford Artisan Distillery and thoroughly enjoyable B4 event tonight.” – Mike Foster, Commercial Director, Chapman Robinson & Moore

“Now that’s the kind of networking I like! Great chat and new connections made at TOAD with the B4 Network. Very tasty gin indeed!” – Lucie Davison, Employee Communications Consultant, Light Bright Communications

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About TOAD

TOAD is a true craft distillery; a rare species found in only a few very special places around the world. They care deeply about the quality of their spirits but also the impact of their production. Using ancient and genetically diverse populations of Rye, Wheat and Barley, grown exclusively on local farms, TOAD are one of a handful of distilleries that really do make spirits from the field to the bottle, overseeing the entire process on their site beneath the dreaming spires of Oxford.

Web:   Tel: 01865 767918

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