It’s our fifth birthday next week and our operations manager, Richard Matthews reflects on his last five years at Brewers Select:

Five years?

Wow, five years of Brewers Select. So much has changed in our first five years.

I started out before the launch on 18th February 2013 along with my fellow warehouse new starters, Hans Waggett, Robert Portass and Peter Majouru. Two weeks later Shaun McAuley joined us.

When we started the warehouse was completely empty, no racking, no silos, in fact the contractors had just started to install the first conveyors. I spent the first four weeks at Bairds Malt in Grantham, with Rob as our tutor. Hans and I got used to the mills; bagging and stacking the malt. Hans even got some experience on loose loading containers which was very manual hard work but was invaluable experience. Even to this day he constantly thanks me for ‘volunteering’ him for that job!

The first two years were tough, it was a time when we were getting used to our customers’ needs and our customers were getting used to the new business. It wasn’t all roses, there were some difficult times in the transition from Bairds Malt to a totally new Brewers Select business but I think we managed to overcome them after the first year.

We had a solid second year and started to become very busy. We needed to expand our racking in year three and then again in year four to compensate for the amount of stock needed to meet demand. We also installed a new cold store in the main warehouse as our first one was nowhere near big enough to hold the amount needed. Years four and five were difficult years with many changes in customer needs and staff turnover but again, we have managed to overcome these difficulties.

I’ll be honest, the five years have flown by. Since I started I have had the privilege to have met and worked with many different people from different backgrounds. With our fifth birthday around the corner it has been very interesting reflecting on the past.

I’m keen to see where we will be in the next five years!

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