Describe a typical Day at Made for Drink
My days are always about five things:
- Family 2. Establishing & growing the distribution of our products 3. Establishing and growing our operational capability 4. Cash flow into the business 5. New Product Development
So a typical day looks a little like this: get up and get the kids up, dressed, fed and off to school (we’ve got three young children). I’m then into the office & kitchens and my mornings will be focussed primarily fulfilling orders, assisting with any production that may need my help and keeping on-top of our accounts.
For lunch, every Friday we will sit down as a team and eat some good food together and we’d normally have one or two guests join us too (customers, suppliers, local business’ etc..) – we call this ritual ‘Breaking the Bread’ – it’s the moment that really sits at the heart of our brand; food and drink simply bringing people together.
My afternoons will then typically be out of the office and taken up with developing our existing customers, new business development, meetings with new customers and taking partnerships forward.
It’s then home to spend time with the family and if I’m lucky I’ll get out for a bit of Touch Rugby or a run in the evening. But you never turn off and a lot of my evenings will be taken up making sure I’m on top of everything but also a time where I can think a little bit more long term strategically about the business.
Your favourite meal (food & accompanying drink)
Organic Devonshire chicken thighs, heavily salted, and wild garlic (freshly dug) fried over an open fire down at my families Cider orchard in Devon accompanied by a simple refreshing beer. But it’s got to be after a days work on the farm to make it truly satisfying, it’s got to be fried over an open fire outdoors and there’s got to be a group of people to enjoy it with.
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