Space Catering Equipment will step up its business in the capital by opening an office in London next month.
Catering Insight can reveal that the distributor has secured a site on Lots Road, Chelsea, which it will use to bolster its presence in London and create closer ties with its existing London client base.
The office will be a London hub for all of Gloucester-based Space UK’s divisions. As well as catering equipment, the holding company consists of Space Furniture and the recently-formed Space Interior Contracts. Each division specialises specifically in the foodservice industry.
Mike Mellor, Space’s CEO, confirmed the news, saying: “So many of our key accounts have a presence in London and because of this we are always working in town on live projects as well as meeting clients there to discuss projects elsewhere.
“It makes sense to establish a base here to give our clients an even better service and to create closer ties with their London teams. We are a national company and work all over the UK, but London is a huge hub and central decision-making base for many of our clients, even if the actual projects are taking place elsewhere.”
Lots Road, where Space has chosen to base itself, is in the heart of a hugely creative area, with the Chelsea Design Centre just a few steps away and good transport links to the West End and The City.
Mellor said the location was “perfect” for what the company, which makes sales of £14m a year, wants to achieve.
“The backbone of our business has always been Space Catering Equipment, which has its roots in commercial catering equipment and servery counters, but Space Furniture and Space Interior Contracts has enabled us to bring our offer more into the front-of-house areas giving our clients a complete turnkey solution,” he said.
Space will officially open the London office on 1 May and is currently in the process of recruiting a full-time manager.
“We have the resource to run a London satellite using our existing team which has recently been strengthened on both the sales and project management side but we are looking for a high calibre individual to be based there full time and manage our London operation,” said Mellor, who will oversee the new initiative in the meantime.
Ian Bidmead, who joined Space two years ago as commercial director will continue to head up Space Catering Equipment and Space Furniture from the company’s Gloucestershire office, while Chris Goodenough will run Space Interior Contracts.
Louise Chuter, who has been with Space since the company was formed in 2000 sits on the board of each division and continues as operations director across the group.