ScoMac forms service business with PKS directors

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ScoMac has extended its service and maintenance cover beyond the Scottish border by setting up a new business with the management of Professional Kitchen Service (PKS).

PKS, which employed around 15 engineers, got into difficulties last month, which led MD Kevin Davis to resign his position as chairman of CEDA.

Mr Davis and finance director Jill Port have now joined with the ScoMac team to form the new operation, called ScoMac Central Technical Services.

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The business will be based out of Burntwood in Staffordshire, where Scomac’s parent company Unitech is based.

Mr Davis (right) will head up the development of the business with Mrs Port providing the financial and operational support.

In addition, ScoMac has hired Paul Haeger, formally head of technical at Airedale Catering Group, to bolster its technical and engineering expertise.

Iain Munro, managing director of ScoMac (main picture), said the company has been looking for the right opportunity to establish a southern-based service operation for some time as its project business has become more established nationally.

“We see the addition of the PKS team and Paul Haeger as a great opportunity to get our southern technical service offer up and running off the back of this established operation,” he said. “Kevin and I have worked together as board members of CEDA and I look forward to working with him again at ScoMac.”

The ScoMac Central Technical Services division will focus on securing preventative maintenance contracts and reactionary service repairs across the Midlands to ensure it is a gradual integration of the new team into ScoMac.

If the business works out as it plans, it will seek to use it as a springboard to roll out the model to other areas of the country, Catering Insight understands.

Additionally, ScoMac has recently acquired and moved into new premises for the Cambridge Projects Team in Godmanchester, near Huntingdon.

The addition of the central service cover and new branch premises coincides with the addition of three new members to the southern ScoMac contracts sales team.

This includes Paul Steane, most recently with Sprint and Airedale, Tristram Swallow formerly with Lockhart Catering, and John Yiangou, who comes from Swift Catering.

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6 Comments

  1. Anon said:

    Fails to mention all of the people from PKS that got made redundant with no warning!!!!

    • Nick Brandrick said:

      Why be anonymous??? Business practices like this aren’t just a symptom of our industry, does make me smile though……… luckily for Scomac (who along with Valera were in the same boat as PKS a few years ago) they have a very rich parent company who can offset profits on this venture…….. jobs for the boys……. you couldn’t make it up.

  2. Iain Munro said:

    Jobs for the boys? The support ScoMac received from Unitech when caught by the banking crisis allowed us to ensure a 105 people could be kept in employment. Not luck! but hard work by the whole ScoMac team allowing us to fund ourselves………..

    • Malcolm said:

      Ditto you comment Iain. There was no luck involved, Unitech stuck their neck out to save a great business and other further businesses that would have totally collapsed leaving many more unemployed had they not stepped in with the confidence and commitment to pick up the pieces. A big well done and thanks to Nick Imlah’s vision !

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