Rum old idea for one set of entrepreneurs

Hector Meyor with Richard and Bernard d'Offay
Hector Meyor with Richard and Bernard d'Offay
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Entrepreneurs are importing a new kind of rum from the Seychelles, in a bid to make it popular in Buckingham.

Enterprising Hector Meyer met Richard and Bernard d’Offay on a trip to his native country, and the trio are bringing the tipple, which was invented by the brothers’ grandfather Michel in the 1950s, to these shores for the very first time.

University of Buckingham student Hector, together with fellow students Tobias Morrish and Hjortur Justinussen, successfully pitched the business idea to local business investors The Buckingham Angels and scored £5,000 in capital to help make the dream a reality.

He said: “Around 55,000 cases carrying 12 bottles each are sold every year to locals and tourist in shops, hotels and restaurants across the island of Seychelles. I realised that it could have very good potential overseas.”

Takamaka Bay is the only rum made in the Seychelles, and comes in three varieties – cococonut rum, spiced rum and St Andre rum, which is aged for eight years in the barrel. Prices range between £17 and £39.95.

Hector added: “The main target market is anyone who has a passion for cocktails or high-quality alcohol.

“It conjures up images of white sands, palm trees and clear blue waters, mentally transporting the person to the Seychelles.”

To order, email Hector at 1201971@buckingham.ac.uk