Adam's booze venture licensed to thrill

DRESSED in a tuxedo and armed with alcohol, Adam Basil is today giving partygoers a licence to thrill.

DRESSED in a tuxedo and armed with alcohol, Adam Basil is today giving partygoers a licence to thrill.

The young entrepreneur has just launched Suffolk's first alcohol delivery service, ensuring the party need not finish when you return home from the pub.

The launch of From Dusk Till Dawn Drinks follows hot on the heels of The Evening Star's Fightback campaign, which is focusing on the county's ability to buck the economic trend.

Mr Basil, 24, left his job in property sales last year to launch the niche business after seeing how similar firms were experiencing success in Norwich and London.

He buys his alcohol from Booker Wholesalers in Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate and stores it in a licensed warehouse in Ipswich.

Then, between 10pm and 4am on Sundays to Thursdays, and until 5.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, Mr Basil is on call to go to any address in Ipswich and within a ten-mile radius to deliver alcohol.

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Depending on the numbers of orders and distances, deliveries can take between ten minutes to an hour.

Mr Basil, of Wolsey Street, said: “The service is used by businesses or the general public for things like parties and weddings. We have quite a steady stream of business. We make about 30 deliveries a week.

“People get to that stage of the evening when they want more alcohol and rather than jumping in the car, they can order it and get it delivered. People love going to the pub but sometimes they fancy a night in and cannot be bothered to go out and so that's when they can call me.

“It was really tough working the hours at first but you get used to it.”

Before being able to trade, Mr Basil had to apply for a personal alcohol licence, which has a number of conditions attached, like making sure identification is asked for if people look under 21. Payments are taken at the door and then the alcohol is handed over.

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