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Baron Hartley Wines

Company Overview:

  • Name: Baron Hartley Wines Limited
  • Contact: Mr. Lee Hartley, Director
  • Location: 14 Market Place, Hornsea HU18 1AW
  • Website:

Baron Hartley Wines is located in sensitively renovated premises in Hornsea’s historic Market Place and opened for business in November, just in time for the festive season. 

Its owner, Lee Hartley, worked with the Business Support Services team in the months leading up to the launch of his new business after contacting them through the Invest East Yorkshire website. Although he’d initially enquired about funding opportunities and support for another of his businesses, Lee mentioned the idea of taking over the wine business during a meeting with one of the team’s knowledgeable and experienced Business Advisers. At that point, it was merely a start-up idea; he had not yet registered his new business with Companies House or identified suitable premises in which to locate it. 

Business Adviser Chris Page advised Lee on the many different things that he would need to consider to progress his idea of opening a wine shop, from securing an alcohol licence to recruiting staff. The team also helped to identify grant funding that Lee was able to access to help cover the cost of renovating the empty shop and bringing it back into use as the headquarters for his fledgling business.  

Chris said: “I also introduced Lee to the Hornsea Collective group of business owners. This helped him to forge useful contacts within the local business community and gave him a platform through which he could start promoting the forthcoming launch of Baron Hartley Wines.”

Baron Wines was previously an established online business, which Lee decided to take over when its owner, one of his close friends, opted to semi-retire. Lee, who lives in Hornsea, saw an opportunity to take the business in a completely new direction by establishing retail premises in his hometown, offering wines to the public and local businesses, as well as wine tasting events and local delivery. However, he also continues to offer online sales through the website

The new venture, which opened for business ahead of Hornsea’s annual Christmas lights switch-on, has already created one full-time job and there’s potential for one or two more part-time posts to become available soon. It’s a welcome addition to the local shopping experience and has helped to enhance the visual appearance of the Market Place by restoring vacant shop premises and bringing them back into use. 

Lee Hartley, Director of Baron Hartley Wines, said: “To have the support of an adviser like Chris helping me focus on an action plan, from conception to completion, gave me a lot of encouragement to pursue personal and premises license applications, as well as the grant funding contribution. On top of all this, local business-friendly contacts came forward from the Hornsea Collective to put Baron Hartley Wines on the map via competitions and sponsorship, which helps to keep the seaside town alive and kicking.” 

Invest East Yorkshire’s Business Support Services team is able to help eligible local businesses access grants through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF). Advisers work closely with business owners to help them identify projects that will help their business grow and evolve, as well as identifying any sources of grant funding that may be available to help them cover the costs.

If you are looking for support like Lee has been able to obtain, go to for more information. 

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