We speak to a lot of drinks producers as part of our consultancy work. We have a number of clients making cider who we are proud to work with. They have all engaged us to help them work out how to set up, or how to expand.
They may not know what the best equipment setup may be. Some have been let down by suppliers who haven't sold them the most appropriate equipment in the past. They may have a long term growth plan and want help to prioritise equipment purchases as they move forward.
Sometimes having somebody to help you understand your requirements, possibly challenge your thinking, specify your equipment and help source it can save time, inconvenience and money. It can also mean that you are equipped not only for the short term, but for the future. Here is what one of our clients said:
'We embarked upon a seemingly insurmountable challenge of doing what has never been done in the Indian market - developing and manufacturing premium quality craft hard apple cider. Never having had made craft cider, even at a small-batch level, I felt overwhelmed with the technical and operational challenges of figuring out where to start and what to do to turn this dream into a reality. I chanced upon Jon and was lucky to become one of his first few clients.
In the beginning, I was impressed by Jon's level of technical knowledge and his keen eye for detail. One of the primary reasons that we've decided to continue nurturing our association with Jon and Element Equipment is because he has the uncanny knack of putting himself in the client's shoes and understanding how each suggestion and recommendation he makes impacts the business. Jon values practicality and objectivity over everything else. He isn't your regular consultant who will push or peddle his wares so he can earn a commission on theside - quite the contrary. He will lay out all the facts, together with his unbiased objective professional opinion that will always be in the best interest of the business at whatever stage you find yourself in. That quality in and of itself is more valuable than his consulting charges. There are very few professionals like Jon who'll put their client's interests first before their own.
I also had never worked with a consultant remotely and was initially skeptical of being able to make any progress for a scope of work as large and as complex as the one that Jon is currently helping us with. Jon has always worked to accommodate the time difference between India and the U.K. and never have I ever felt that I had to chase or hunt him down to get a response to any technical query. The promptness and the responsiveness to our technical queries and with the experience that Jon brings to the team, we hope to continue working with him as we scale our business from 0 cases all the way up to half a million.
We've enjoyed every moment working with Jon and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone better than Jon and Element Equipment for your technical consulting.'