Fire engineering consultancy OFR has indulged in the Christmas spirit this year, once again collaborating with local suppliers on an own-brand drinks range – the OFR IPA and sodas. This is the fourth time that OFR has worked with local independent suppliers in this way.

Manchester-based drinks brands Steep Sodas and Blackjack Brewery were commissioned to create the new drinks, with a range that includes a lemonade, a cola and an IPA; OFR colleagues can now send the drinks out to clients and contacts to help spread much needed festive cheer.

Founding OFR director Simon Lay explained: “In a ‘normal’ year we’d enjoy working with a brewer and soft drink provider then arrange a bit of a party to enjoy the results, but with restrictions in place, we nearly decided to put it on hold.

“Instead though, we thought about how we can support hospitality supply chain which has been so terribly affected during the pandemic. We’ve been fortunate enough to stay busy this year and felt it was our duty to put back and help those who haven’t been as lucky – especially brilliant local, independent businesses.”

The range includes a lemonade – which reflects OFR’s desire to do things differently, providing its clients, colleagues, friends and families with an individualzingy beverage as well as an uplifting cola by Steep. Liam Willday from the business said: “It’s really been fun collaborating with the OFR team; they’ve been an awesome partner and we’ve had fun experimenting with the resulting sodas.”

The IPA meanwhile mirrors OFR’s bringing together of extraordinary expertise and passion to create an offering that ensures each project is treated with care and respect. Joe Bird from the Blackjack Brewery which created the beer added: “It was easy to match a beer to this merry bunch, we’ve loved working together and hope to collaborate again in the future.”

The resulting drinks also feature a series of eye-catching labels which were created by another Manchester-based business, Drumbeat, who as a property-specialist design agency regularly work with OFR.

Simon concluded: “This year’s made us all realise that it’s better to work together and support each other, especially with cool brands like Blackjack, Steep and Drumbeat. OFR has grown to be the largest consultancy in its class because of the people and culture within the business, but we couldn’t do it without the right clients and partners, so this range is a fitting thank you!”


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