Soper Consulting is an independent consultancy offering bespoke guidance and training on EU structures and legislation in the spirit drinks sector. As a small entity, we can move quickly and provide guidance and advice that is tailored to the particular circumstances of your company or association. Recognising that there will often be sensitive issues, we offer a confidential service at every stage.
Nick Soper worked in the Scotch Whisky Association for more than 20 years, half of which was as its Director of European Affairs, following which he spent 3.5 years in Brussels as Internal Market Director for the EU-level association, spiritsEUROPE. Over the years, Nick has chaired EU working groups on labelling and on bottle sizes; acted as rapporteur on EU enlargement; spent 15 years removing trade barriers in Turkey; sat on the working group on allergen labelling; successfully challenged tax discrimination in several countries; and chaired the European Commission’s Civil Dialogue Group, the formal consultative body for the EU spirits sector. Before life in the spirits sector, Nick spent 12 years working at the British Embassy in Paris.
When not working, Nick can be found up Scottish hills, in the garden, with his nose in a book, travelling, eating out or listening to opera. While he would be delighted to hear from individuals, companies or associations who might be able to use Soper Consulting’s services, an extra-special welcome would be extended to those bringing tickets for Bayreuth.