Entrepreneur and spirits branding guru Phil Burley has today announced his departure from the ’45’ family of businesses.

Phil chose to initiate the withdrawal from the ’45’ group which includes 45 West, 45 St Martins and 45 Gin School all of which are located in the heart of Leicester’s old town. The gracious exit from the business came about as a matter of mutual understanding in the boardroom. Phil’s shares were bought by his long term business partner Graham Veitch for an undisclosed sum.

“I have spent my entire career giving my all to my current ventures, but I always keep a weather eye on the horizon” said consultant and branding specialist Phil Burley. “In the 45 group Graham and I have built an amazing brand with a fantastic reputation. I don’t know how I could have improved on the quality of offer there, so now is the time to embrace the challenge of new projects instead. I am pleased to commend the business to Graham’s expert care.”

While the ’45’ brand of venues continues without him, Phil Burley’s involvement and commitment to Burleigh’s Gin remains strong.


“I am still heavily involved in Burleigh’s and look forward to dedicating more time and energy to heading up our ambitious export plans. Burleigh’s Gin has an amazing global appeal and as a person proud of my Leicestershire roots I’m excited to be taking this local product worldwide.”

With 2019 looming, entrepreneur Phil has a number of irons in the fire. Expect new projects for Burleigh’s gin, as well as exciting developments from his own personal brand. Phil Burley’s decision to step away from ’45’ at this time will see him set innovative plans in motion and allow him to focus fully on future successes.


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