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Ed Wells and Dean Harper
Harper Wells

Harper Wells, one of our inaugural Future50 entrepreneurial companies in 2009, makes a welcome return to the project after bowing out in 2010.

Now in its fifth year of trading, the Norwich–based firm specialises in sourcing fine wines for enthusiasts, collectors and investors.

Co-founder Ed Wells said: 'Our 5th year of trading was defined by planning for the future and providing for further growth, some in new markets.

We looked closely at the first five years with a view to how we would learn from them and more specifically how we would want the following five to look.

'We mapped out a route which involved major change in the structure of the team, as well as the company’s ambition. It was important to do this without losing the essence of company ethos; high quality products delivered thoughtfully on a one to one basis whenever possible.'

A product specialist has been recruited from Lay & Wheeler to manage the firm's rapidly expending private client desk. A sales professional has also been brought in from Adnams to drive the business in the wholesale and wine events sectors.

'For a relatively young team we now have almost 60 years of wine trade experience between us,' Mr Wells said.

A new e–commerce platform will go live in the New Year which presents hundreds of the world's most sought-after award–winning wines.

'This will enable us to rapidly expand our national and international fine wine sales,' Mr Wells added.

'Although we like to utilise current technology we recognise that production of wine is all about people, it's a very human industry.

'We are optimistic for the future and have further plans for growth in 2012.'

Sector: Food and Drink
Staff: 6
Website: www.harperwells.com
We are optimistic for the future and have further plans for growth in 2012