Bryn Vivian, UK MD for spares specialist GEV, is leaving the company today as part of the merger with Commercial Catering Spares (CCS).
CCS’s founder and MD, Jonathan Booth, remains in place following the buyout announced in December 2017. The merger between the two companies is expected to be completed in the second half of the year with operations moving to CCS’s site in Heywood.
Vivian, who has 20 years’ experience in the catering equipment and spare parts industry, has no firm plans regarding his future but says he is looking forward to his first real ‘break’ from work for 30 years.
Now 55, he said: “I believe I can help companies in the industry to improve their operations having enjoyed several different roles, such as product design and international sales.
“Founding and running GEV’s UK sales office has been a major step forward in my career and I have established a working environment and culture that enables colleagues to consistently work to the best of their abilities. Having constantly motivated staff is very rewarding and something that customers can feel immediately in communication.”
He acknowledges that much of what the UK division has achieved would not have been possible without the firm, consistent backing of the parent company based in Munich.
“GEV’s support has provided an excellent basis to establish myself as a fair manager and employer, as well as a reliable supplier. It was a steep learning curve – one not without its moments, as with all new businesses – but it has been totally rewarding and a pleasure to work with excellent colleagues, partners and customers alike,” he reported.
Vivian now intends to catch up on his various sporting interests which include golf, squash, tennis and country pursuits. He has three grown-up sons and a wife, Amanda, who is a midwife.
Most of his travel in the last 8 years has been in the UK, so he is intent on re-visiting European countries and brushing up his language skills.