An award-winning brewer is in the spirit of gratitude, thanks to the help which made it all possible.
Laurence Conisbee opened Virtual Orchard, a cidery and distillery. in 2009, when he started making cider as a hobby using apples from his own garden.
Six years later he runs the business full-time and has scooped national awards - thanks to Velocity Business Support.
Mr Conisbee was helped by the organisation in 2012 after he supplied a major festival in Reading and was crowned Champion Cider of Great Britain.
He said: At this point I was acutely aware of the need to grow and the easiest way to do this was to get my own still.
“I applied for a grant to help with this through Velocity and I was amazed at how easy and efficient the whole process was. Within a few weeks the still had arrived and we were able to get products to market in time for Christmas.
“I can’t thank Velocity enough for their help and support. I’ve named the still ‘Velocity’ to show my gratitude!”
With the still now in place, Virtual Orchard has the capacity to produce even more drinks and experiments are now taking place which could see milk vodka, smoked vodka and whiskey added to the range.
Velocity Business Support and its qualified and experienced Business Advisers are available to help businesses in a number of ways, through one‐to‐one support, grants and free business workshops. To find out more about how Velocity could help you, call 0300 01234 35, or visit www.VelocityBusinessSupport.com