ESW Exports (UK) Ltd - headings' menu includes 'Our Sparkling Wines'
Menu changed during afternoon of 6th August 2013
Gamble says that he has only ever introduced himself as head of operations. However, the English wine producer who initially contacted me about ESW Exports (UK) Ltd described Gamble as director. When one of the UK's leading producers contacted ESW Exports (UK) Ltd (6.8.13) to demand that their name be removed from the 'our sparkling wines' list, they were told that 'they would get their MD Barry Gamble to phone me back'.
Gamble was a director of GPW Global Distribution Ltd (founded 5th March 2013). Gamble was appointed on 3rd July 2013 and resigned on 30th July 2013. GPW Global Distribution Ltd are 'distributors of premium beverages, lagers, craft beer, spirits and unique non-alcoholic drinks'. According to the company's website 'the team and their partners have an extensive background of import and export, a vast knowledge within the distribution sector.'
The London Vines Ltd, which offered wine investments, seems to have recently disappeared leaving some of its clients short of the wines they bought. The company used cold calls and very aggressive sales tactics to sell overpriced wines often targeting the elderly. See here and here. Investors concerned about their investments with The London Vines Ltd may well want to contact Barry Gamble at ESW on 020-7998 0525.
investdrinks has been informed that 'the London Vines Ltd set very strict parameters before potential leads could be called. A third party marketing company would call the customer twice before The London Vines Ltd paid for a lead. Most of these leads would be aged between 35 and 55 years, actively investing and they were all seeking alternative investment markets. Once these parameters were met The London Vines would call the potential customer to offer them a brochure. The allegation that the wines were overpriced is not the case, in fact, for a period of time they were one of the cheapest on the market.'
If I was English sparkling wine producer I would be extremely wary about doing any business with ESW Exports (UK) Ltd or GPW Global Distribution Ltd. Nor would I want to gamble the good reputation of my brand with any association with either GPW Global Distribution Ltd and ESW Exports (UK) Ltd.
Update: 6pm 6.8.2013
*: the list of English sparkling wines was removed from the ESW site shortly after this post went live. The GPW site was also amended with the mention of and link to ESW removed.
Compare and contrast:
'I am in receipt of your email dated Friday 2nd August 2013.
I have also been made aware that you have posted a blog concerning ESW and GPW, giving out ESW details for London Vines clients to call. You are hereby instructed to immediately remove that blog as well as your previous blogs mentioning my name as it is clear that your intention is to destroy my reputation in whatever way you can.
I confirm that my solicitor will be sending a formal letter before action to you tomorrow on this matter setting out my position fully.
I would have thought that Gamble would have thanked me for assisting concerned investors, who have sunk life savings with The London Vines Ltd, to contact him, so that he could reassure them that their wines had indeed been purchased. This would appear not to be the case. Gamble has promised me a letter from his solicitor 'setting out my position fully'. Gamble was the founding director of The London Vines Ltd – being appointed on 26th January 2010 – resigning on 09th April 2013.
Update: 7th August 2013: Barry Gamble doesn't work here:
Message received from TP, a concerned wine investor with The London Wines Ltd:
As a "heads up" he did mention that he would see you in court over this and I just put the phone down.'
Is Barry Gamble so desperate not to take calls from concerned clients of The London Vines Ltd that staff at ESW Exports (UK) Ltd have been instructed to deny that Gamble has any connection with ESW Exports (UK) Ltd? Or is it true that Barry Gamble has indeed no connection with ESW Exports (UK) Ltd and instead has been passing himself off as a director of the company. If it is the latter possibility, then I assume that Anthony Richardson will want to see Gamble 'in court over this'.