Author: Jon Winter

ROK Solid Finance

ROK Stars Announce the launch of ‘ROK Solid Finance’ offering Collaborative Financial Support to the On Trade Industry

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products and environmental technology company, co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ROK Drinks division has launched ROK Solid Finance with the intention of it becoming a premium financial lender and product supplier to the licensed trade in the UK. With a combination of specialist knowledge, competitive interest rates and no up-front fees, ROK Solid Finance will offer both secured and unsecured loans to the licensed trade, designed to fill the funding vacuum left by traditional lenders. “Financial support for the On Trade is an area in which I have great experience, having worked in this field for several major breweries in the past, so ROK Solid Finance is a truly collaborative partnership between us and the licensed trade wherein we will focus on the skills of the operator and their recent credit history rather than historic accounts, something which often prevents those with the talent and desire the opportunity to succeed.” Said Graham Higgins, COO of ROK Drinks. The ROK drinks portfolio includes ABK Beer from ROK’s 700 year old Bavarian brewery, globally-sourced Graffiti Wine and Bogart’s Spirits from California. The news of the launch of ROK Solid Finance follows ROK Drinks recent appointment of three experienced and senior drinks industry veterans, Graham Higgins, Lucy Grimmett and Lee Barber, to head-up the global sales push for the ROK Drinks portfolio. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick said “Our ROK Solid Finance initiative is designed to facilitate the On Trade to invest in their businesses while having access to our fast-growing and award-winning portfolio of drinks and it presents tremendous opportunities for all involved.” More information at www.rokstars.com and www.roksolidfinance.com


ROK Stars Announce the Appointment of Lee Barber as Sales Director of ROK Drinks

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced the appointment of UK drinks industry veteran Lee Barber as Sales Director for its ROK Drinks division. With more than 20 years experience in the UK, including the last 12 years at Carlsberg UK – most recently as Sales Director – Lee will take responsibility for ROK Drink’s Sales and Distribution operations where his significant industry experience and relationships will further accelerate distribution of the ROK Drinks portfolio which, as well as the 700 year old ABK Bavarian Beer includes Graffiti Wine, sourced globally and Bogart’s Spirits from California. Commenting, Lee said “I’m delighted to be joining ROK Drinks at this fascinating and exciting stage in its growth and development. ROK Drinks is a truly entrepreneurial business that has sourced and developed a fantastic portfolio including beers from our historic brewery in Bavaria, Bogart’s Spirits from our distillery in California as well as a range of wines from off-the-beaten-path regions like Mumbai in India. I look forward to working with our key partners to further increase the availability and visibility for all our brands while building long lasting alliances that boost our brands credentials while supporting our plans to engage with consumers.”