Jane Asher

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Jane Asher

By Timothy Adler on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs

Jane Asher is the only celebrity on our list who became possibly more famous for her business acumen than her acting career. Jane Asher became synonymous with upmarket fun celebration cakes in the 1990s. She opened her Jane Asher Party Cakes & Sugarcraft shop in London’s smart Chelsea neighbourhood in 1990, where it remained open for over 25 years.

Her interest in food and cooking began at a young age, learning basic cookery skills from her mother. After leaving school at 15 to begin her acting career, she also took evening classes in classic French cooking at her local adult education institute, where baking became a special interest. Soon she began making celebration cakes at home.

Meanwhile, Jane Asher became the envy of young women in Swinging Sixties London as the girlfriend of Beatle Paul McCartney. She was only 17 when they met but already famous herself as a child star and young actress, later co-starring in Alfie with Michael Caine. Although Jane and her family – her mother taught oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – are credited with widening McCartney’s musical horizons, and he wrote several songs about her including And I Love Her, the relationship capsized, which McCartney himself accepts the blame for – pointing out that while everybody else who came into The Beatles’ orbit have written tell-all memoirs, Jane Asher has always maintained a dignified silence.

The man she did marry, illustrator Gerald Scarfe, remains Britain’s most highly regarded satirical cartoonist and Jane Asher herself is a shareholder in Private Eye magazine.

An actor friend, seeing some of Jane’s celebration cakes, suggested that she write a cookery book explaining how to make them and, after approaching several publishers, her first book, Jane Asher’s Party Cakes, was published in 1982, becoming a best-seller.

Jane Asher was the first celebration cake designer for Sainsbury’s and subsequently designed ranges of tableware and cookware for Debenhams, Matalan and even Poundland. She continues to sell her own range of baking homeware exclusively through At Home Bargains.

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By Timothy Adler on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs The post Ryan Reynolds appeared first on Small Business UK.

Ryan Reynolds

By Timothy Adler on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs

Clever Ryan Reynolds. The self-deprecating star of the smash-hit Deadpool superhero movies (and, let’s face it, some klunkers – Green Lantern, anyone?) bought a stake in artisan gin brand Aviation Gin in 2009, sitting on its board. He also agreed to be the face of the company.

A bit like Paul Newman slapping his face on salad dressing bottles, Ryan Reynolds became the frontman for the brand with the quip, “I’ve tried every gin on the planet and Aviation is, hands down, the best. Also, I don’t recommend trying every gin on the planet. Stick with this one.”

Aviation Gin first began production in Portland, Oregon in 2006 and is described as an “American dry gin”, which means it is not so juniper flavoured as other gins. Its seven botanicals are: juniper, lavender, sweet and bitter orange peel, cardamom, coriander, Indian sarsaparilla, and anise seed.

Drinks giant Diageo bought Aviation Gin for $610m in August 2020 with Ryan Reynolds agreeing to stay on as the face of Aviation for another 10 years as part of the agreement.

Closer to home, Ryan Reynolds also bizarrely became owner of fifth-tier Welsh football club Wrexham AFC earlier this year. It’s tempting to imagine Reynolds waking up deeply hungover after a heavy night on the Aviation Gin with co-owner fellow actor Rob McElhenney, checking his phone and saying, “Wait … I’ve done what?!”

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