Crosbys takes over North East rival

Newcastle-based Crosbys has taken over nearby catering equipment distributor, John Dodds of Gateshead. The combined firm will have an estimated annual turnover of £8m.

John Dodds’ family’s venture into commercial and holiday property rental is said to have prompted the deal, as well as moving into catering equipment online sales, which reduced the requirement to carry a large volume of stock.

The firm was founded in 1965, originally supplying equipment to the meat trade, before expanding into catering appliances. It has supplied local authorities, large organisations, schools, hospitals, prisons, care homes, hotels, restaurants and takeaway outlets.

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John Dodds director Nigel Dodds said: “We had reached an appropriate time for a change in direction at our company, and we believe that we have found the ideal outcome with Crosbys. Our well-established presence in the supply and maintenance of equipment and sundries will complement their operation well, bringing with it years of expertise from our own sales staff and engineers who will join Crosbys to form an even stronger team for the years ahead.”

Crosbys director, Roger Crosby, added: “John Dodds is a well respected, third-generation family-run business which has a remarkable 50 year history and we are delighted to welcome its sales and engineering staff on board with us for what promises to be a very successful future.

“We had been looking to expand our range and variety of activities within the catering trade following our recent move to bigger premises in Brough Park Way, and after discussions with the Dodds family it became clear that the areas we cover between our two companies would be a good fit.

“This acquisition will undoubtedly further strengthen our offering to the industry, and it will be business as usual for all customers of John Dodds and Crosbys as we look forward to our continued growth and development together.”

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