The Unitech Industries Group is to move distributor Francis Commercial Kitchen Services’ base in-house to the company’s head office in Burntwood, Staffordshire.
Unitech Industries stepped in to buy the business, assets and intellectual property rights of Francis Catering Equipment along with its associate company, Stockport-headquartered Design Catering Equipment, after the distributor went into administration on 4 September. The new business trades under the Francis Commercial Kitchen Services name.
Francis is currently headquartered in Kingswinford, West Midlands, around 16 miles away from Unitech. As the new base is relatively close, Catering Insight understands that employees, which number around 40, were not offered redundancy.
New offices are being built to accommodate Francis, and fabrication facilities will be available onsite too so that the distributor can continue to offer its bespoke manufacturing service. Completion of the new build is expected the week commencing 18 December 2017.
Nick Imlah, group MD of Unitech Industries Group stated: “Following the acquisition, my total concern was job security for every individual in Francis Commercial Kitchen Services. It is important to me to retain the skills and knowledge of staff who understand our customers, which will mean continuation of the service that they have come to expect from us.
“We are pleased to confirm that 98% of the existing Francis staff will be relocating to the new location, including the bespoke manufacturing personnel.”
Unitech reports that since the acquisition and with the support from the Group, Francis Commercial Kitchen Services is recovering its position within the industry.