SSV Limited, UK importers of brewing vessels and brewhouses, has formed a new team of commissioning brewers, by recruiting former co-founder at Cloudwater Brewing, James Campbell, and ex-Leeds Brewery head brewer, Venkatesh Iyer.
James was instrumental in the meteoric growth of Cloudwater and left the brewery back in September with a view to helping small breweries grow and expand, with plans to eventually fund a brewery of his own. Venkatesh spent 11 years as the award-winning head brewer at Leeds Brewery, helping to grow and develop a highly-praised and much-loved beer range.
SSV Limited celebrated its 1,200th tank installation in July and has recently completed brewhouse projects for Salt Beer Factory and By The River Brewing, and already has a healthy order book for 2019, including installing the new Verdant brewhouse and cold bloc.
According to Sam Lawson, founder of SSV Limited, it was time to bring a team on board that could “match our current technical knowledge with brewing pedigree!”
He added: “The addition of James and Venkatesh means we now have an award-winning team of skilled brewers to ensure we can offer clients solid brewing ‘know-how’ to back up our technical expertise. Both brewers will work with our commissioning team to ensure the installation of our brewhouses runs smoothly and bolster our after-sales service by providing optimisations and recipe development. They will also be on hand to offer consultancy work to clients, while James will be helping to expand and develop our Brew-bloc Brewhouses.”
Campbell signed an 18-month contract with the manufacturing company and plans to develop SSV’s brewhouse offering with a view to funding his own brewery project in 2020.
Commenting on his new role, Campbell said, “Working with SSV Limited gives me the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting new brewery projects that are coming up in the UK. It also give me the chance to work with the high standard of plant that I’d like to become accustomed to. With that in mind, at the end of the contract, there’ll be the opportunity to design and buy my own plant, helping me towards my long term goal.”
Sam Lawson commented, “Bringing James and Venkatesh into the team is an investment in our company. We’ve been long known for our quality products and engineering but their addition means we
have insider knowledge and can work more closely with brewers to help them create and build their businesses.”
Venkatesh echos James, saying, “I made the move to SSV Limited as it is becoming a dominant supplier in the brewing equipment market, and it presented an opportunity to work on some great projects, alongside some of the most talented individuals in the industry.”
The new brewing team will not only work with customers but will advise the current SSV Limited engineering team on projects from the start ensuring the company is focused on the whole brewing process.
“We’re not just supplying a product” Lawson says, “brewing is at the heart of our business and knowing we have two highly-respected brewers on the team gives me peace of mind that we can continue to offer our clients industry leading service.”
For further information visit ssvlimited.co.uk