Midland wine merchant seals short term PR contract

Paul Fulford and Chris Connolly

Paul Fulford and Chris Connolly

Long-established Midland wine merchant Connolly’s has signed a public relations contract to raise its profile in the run-up to Christmas.

The company, which has shops in the city centre and Solihull, has agreed a short-term deal with the Birmingham Mail’s former food and drink writer Paul Fulford.

Company owner Chris Connolly said: “These are exciting times in Birmingham, with so much happening and it is a level of change which is matched by the global wine industry.

“Scarcely a day goes by without me tasting something really impressive. I have had 35 years in this game and never been as excited.

“We want to ensure people are fully aware of the fantastic range of wines, craft beers and spirits that we can provide.

“We are an independent company and our team have more than 100 years’ experience in the wine trade between them, so we are able to offer great advice and wines to suit every pocket.”

Connolly’s Wine Merchants has been family-owned and run since 1976 and sells to the public and the licensed trade.

The company’s history goes back much further though, with a presence in Birmingham since 1908.

It expanded to Solihull in 2012, opening a new retail outlet in Dovehouse Parade, to complement its Livery Street shop.

The last time the business ventured beyond Birmingham was when its founder, Louis Connolly, who emigrated from County Longford to England in the late 19th century, opened premises in Wolverhampton in 1910.

Mr Fulford left the Birmingham Post & Mail in July to pursue other interests.

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Paul Fulford and Chris Connolly