We are working with clients in Africa, Asia and North America on a consultancy basis, helping them specify and design their cider plants. We are taking their requirements and turning them into layouts, specifications and giving these details to equipment suppliers to help our clients work their way through taking their project from a concept to reality.
Most of our clients work with us in this way. However, sometimes, we are just asked for little pieces of advice, and we are more an happy to do this. A friend asked if I could have a chat with a cider maker who is starting out and needed some help deciphering various equipment quotations for equipment from various parts of the world. It can be a minefield - which equipment is better? Where is money best spent? Which options are most appropriate? Which supplier has the best reputation? Does anybody else in my part of the world have similar equipment that could be looked at, or talked about, to help decide the best way forward?
It just took an hour or so to get him on the right track. I gave him a few details and we chatted about what he needed, and which pieces of equipment were best for both start-up and going forward. He can now move forward with some clarity in mind and go off and order what he needs whilst understanding what the money is being spent on. Sometimes doing a favour like this can be one of the most rewarding things. It also shows that we can work with you whether your project is big or small. Sometimes just a short chat can make things clearer. Get in touch if I can help in any way.