This August marked an important milestone for C&C Catering Equipment as the Chester-based distributor celebrated its 35th year of trading.

Founded in 1981 by John Kitchin, the family business has gone from strength to strength to become an industry leader in the commercial foodservice equipment sector.

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With original staff (husband and wife, John and Enid, and son, Peter) moving into their first office location in Chester’s Milton Street in August 1981, the company has since re-located twice; firstly, to Bumpers Lane and then to its current premises in Saighton, Chester.

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Additionally, staff numbers have risen since the original three employees, to include over 20 employees at its Smithy Farm offices, as well as two subsidiary companies; C&C Catering Engineers and C&C Catering Fabrications.

Whilst the company still serves the local area in Chester (C&C stands for the original counties the company served; Cheshire and Clwyd), the business now provides facilities around the UK, with a large amount of work in the London area.

MD, Peter Kitchin, commented: “My father and I, as well as the rest of the team, are incredibly proud to have reached our 35th year of uninterrupted trading.

“We’ve come a long way from selling our first piece of equipment and have grown in both terms of staff and turnover.

“It’s an honour to work in such a fantastic industry, and to be surrounded by a great team every day – I can’t imagine doing anything else.

“We’re all delighted to have reached this milestone, and are excited to see what the future brings.”

Look out for Catering Insight’s upcoming special profile of C&C in the October issue.