Sponsors of the 2018 Festival

Sponsorship opportunities are now open for the 2018 Festival. If you are interested in being involved, please email jade@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk for more information.


Baillie Gifford continues to be the headline sponsor of Henley Literary Festival for 2018, having supported the festival for many years. The firm is also a major sponsor of other literary events across the UK including the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionMore details of the sponsorship programme, including interviews with authors, articles and competitions, can be found at www.bailliegifford.com/sponsorship.


Dragonfly Tea is a family-owned British tea company with over 100 years’ expertise in sourcing and growing the very finest of teas. From the peaks of China’s Fujian Province to the celebrated tea estates of Darjeeling, the team at Dragonfly travel the globe to bring you the most delicious artisan brews. 2018 sees the return of the Dragonfly Children’s Short Story Competition, which celebrates the rich link between tea and creativity and is proudly run in partnership with Henley Literary Festival.


Through Laithwaite’s Wine you are plugged directly into a 50-year-old network of 450 or so seriously talented winemakers, making real wines in volumes too small for the pile-em-high retailers.

For a few winemakers, wine is just a job. For the most talented, it’s their life’s passion … all they think about. No surprise, these ‘wine nuts’ make the best bottles!

But after all that work, they wouldn’t offer their precious bottles to just any trader, not with their family’s name on the label. Personal bonds of trust, in many cases built over decades (thanks to the extraordinary loyalty of Laithwaite’s customers) are vital.

It’s not uncommon for Laithwaite’s to say: “Bring out your best bottles, my boy, remember we bought from your grandad!” Every one of their family of winemakers has a story to share … and a few bottles of something special held back for old friends, like Laithwaite’s customers.

Porsche Centre Reading is proud to have been operating as the Thames Valley’s Approved Porsche Centre for over 25 years, providing the highest levels of service to customers throughout Berkshire, East Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire. As Carrera GT specialists and located alongside the Head Office of Porsche Great Britain, their experienced team is dedicated to taking care of all your requirements, making the purchase and ownership of your Porsche the fulfilling and exciting experience you expect it to be. 

They pride themselves on providing the highest levels of service and expertise through their dedicated team of staff in their sales and service departments, from guiding you through the process of purchasing your new Porsche or Porsche Approved Used Car to maintaining and taking care of your car by our Porsche trained technicians. Their exquisitely presented showroom and state-of-the-art aftersales service facility allow you to discover more about the Porsche model range.

To get a real taste for Porsche come and visit the team at Porsche Centre Reading.  For further information or enquiries, please call 01189 303 911 or email: info@porschereading.co.uk


Established in 1906, Phyllis Court is a private members club with hotel rooms on the River Thames in Henley. Phyllis Court has excellent facilities, superb cuisines and wines, relaxing riverside accommodation and friendly staff. This elegant Georgian mansion is set in 18 acres of land with lawns sweeping down to the river. The newly refurbished Riverside Pavilion – a Grade II listed building – overlooks the world famous Henley Regatta course. Their private members club in Henley offers over 30 interest groups, including rowing, croquet, jazz, wine tasting and theatre visits. There really is something for everyone. Also scheduled to open in 2018 is their new Fitness Centre with swimming pool, gym, sauna room, exercise studio and treatment rooms. You don’t need to be a member to hold an event at Phyllis Court, book one of their lovely hotel rooms, but it really is an exciting time to join.

The Head Partnership Solicitors are proud to be sponsoring seven special events at the 2018 Henley Literary Festival. From their new additional office in Duke Street, Henley as well as Bell Street, Henley, and Lower Earley in Reading, they offer an informal service, with a high degree of personal attention, adapting and interpreting the formality of the law and legal process to the way their clients think and operate. They have expertise in business services, conveyancing, personal affairs including wills and estate planning, family law, employment law and dispute resolution.

Top 25 accountants HW Fisher & Company has been advising authors for many years, helping them manage their finances in the most efficient way possible. Many authors consider it a burden to have to deal with their financial affairs. By contract it’s what HW Fisher enjoy, they remove this burden and allow authors to concentrate on writing great books.

For more details about the work they do with authors please visit their website https://www.hwfisher.co.uk/sectors/authors-journalists/ or follow them on twitter @HWFWriters


The classic Georgian facade of the old Brakspears Brewery is home to Hotel du Vin Henley. The collection of buildings that encircle the old brewery yard house 43 bedrooms and three private rooms to hold weddings, private events and meetings.

Winners of the prestigious Observer Food Monthly Award for the Best Welsh Independent Retailer five years running, Gower Cottage Brownies pride themselves on the quality of their product and their customer service. Regular and loyal customers include Richard Curtis & Emma Freud, The Welsh Rugby Squad, Phill Jupitus and John Barrowman. This year Gower Cottage Brownies were also being served up at Wimbledon! BBC Good Food Magazine declare them “the best brownies we have ever tasted.” So to surprise and delight the special people in your life, forget sending flowers… Say it with Gower Cottage Brownies!


Hobbs of Henley, one of the longest established pleasure boating companies in the UK, has launched Henley on Thames’s very first premium gin to celebrate their forthcoming 150th year anniversary. The name of the Gin is in recognition of the 5 generations of Mr Hobbs’s that have run the family business. Mr Hobbs Gin is made with a blend of botanicals of which some are grown locally and is being created at the renowned Foxdenton distillery in Buckinghamshire. The gin is the inspiration of Jonnie and Suzy Hobbs, the directors of Hobbs of Henley and brings together popular botanicals such as Angelica and Orris Root, with added lemon peel and lime leaf oil for a modern twist. This combination of flavours has created a luxurious drink that is in keeping with the reputation and brand of Hobbs of Henley. www.hobbsofhenley.com and www.mrhobbsgin.com

Simmons & Sons: Chartered Surveyors and Specialist Property Consultants with Expertise in: Estate Agency Sales & Lettings, Professional Commercial Property, Strategic Land Development Advice for Landowners, Rural & Agricultural Property and much more…

What can we do for you?

Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Basingstoke and Sherfield-on-Loddon: http://www.simmonsandsons.com/

Event/Fundraising Consultancy, SJD Events Limited has been supporting Henley Literary Festival since the concept was launched, over 12 years ago. Having changed direction some five years ago,  Sarah has been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects for Combat Stress and Coming Home, the fundraising arm of Haig Housing Trust.  Sarah is presently working on a fundraising project for Maggie’s, who have been chosen as the charity of the year for British Antique Dealers Association 2019 and who she is supporting this year. http://www.sjdevents.com/ 

A bank that puts customer satisfaction first – For eight years running, Handelsbanken has come top in an independent satisfaction survey for UK personal and business banking customers (EPSI, October 2016). Handelsbanken offer a high quality banking service coupled with a flexible and innovative approach, and direct access to your own dedicated account manager. Starting from a blank canvas we build solutions personally tailored to each customer, with all key decisions made locally. Contact us at your local branch where we would be delighted to talk to you about your goals, long-term plans and how we could support you. handelsbanken.co.uk/henleyonthames or handelsbanken.co.uk/abingdon

James Cowper Kreston’s Private Client Tax team, based in the Thames Valley, is committed to protecting and enhancing personal wealth. With far-reaching knowhow and unique specialist skills, we provide the innovation and focus required to find effective solutions for our international and domestic private clients. We believe in strong long term relationships between us and our private clients based on insight, integrity, clear communication and a consistent personal approach. We will help steer you through the financial maze of today’s complicated financial world to help you achieve your aim. Large enough to have the expertise and small enough to give that all important personal service to our clients.
+44 (0)1491 848500  info@jamescowperkreston.co.uk   |  www.jamescowperkreston.co.uk

ITM Audio Visual have over 20 years’ experience of delivering successful live events and providing excellent audio visual support in the heart of the Thames Valley. Whether it’s large or small, national or international, ITM offer first class technical support and customer service.


Towergate Insurance have been servicing clients from their Thames Valley base in Henley since 1962. They provide Commercial Insurance and Risk Management Solutions to businesses, big and small and to private clients. They appreciate how lucky they are to work from such a delightful location like Henley and they like to do what they can to support local cultural and charitable initiatives that benefit the town. Towergate are honoured to again be supporting the Literary Festival and wish them every success with their 2018 events!

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St Helen and St Katharine is a proud supporter of the fabulous Henley Literary Festival. The school offers girls between 9-18 the opportunity to aspire and achieve in the classroom and beyond, to develop the self-belief, confidence and capabilities to empower them for the next chapter in their lives – an approach that sees us consistently ranked in the top 20 UK schools for results. With outstanding facilities, the highest quality teaching and learning and a supportive and caring pastoral culture, girls can make friends, make the most of their unique talents and create their own amazing life stories.

Freeths Solicitors is South Oxfordshire’s leading law firm with a national reputation for handling personal and commercial matters for a wide range of individuals, businesses, institutions, and third sector organisations. Their clients face complex challenges in various environments and they go to Freeths because they need lawyers that have the experience and expertise to solve problems quickly and successfully. More than half of their partners are acknowledged by the UK’s legal directories as leaders in their field.


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