The UK branch of catering equipment manufacturer Nayati has moved its servicing provision over to the Certa Group after signing a partnership agreement last month.
Previously the brand was served by sister firm Nationwide Catering Engineers, both being owned by parent company, Hull-headquarted Minstergate Group. Group chief executive Mark Campey took over the servicing firm in August 2015, when it was called Broughco, and then renamed it as Nationwide in April 2016.
He detailed: “I backed Steve Brough in 2013 when he set up Broughco. It wasn’t really going in a direction I was happy with, so I took it over with a view of re-evaluating where we were.
“I reviewed it again this year and it just wasn’t in keeping with our core manufacturing business so I took the decision to disband it.”
Due to natural wastage, there were only six engineers employed by Nationwide before the firm shut up shop, and two of those found jobs elsewhere. The other four were then re-employed within Nayati’s subcontracted engineer network, so no redundancies were necessary.
“We also passed a few of the contracts Nationwide had onto our subcontractor base, so the same engineers are working on some of those contracts, which worked out well,” said Campey.
The new servicing partnership with the Certa Group will cover Nayati equipment across the whole of the UK. “We’ve effectively outsourced what we had with Nationwide,” Campey explained. “Plus our equipment is supported by our incumbent dealers.”
He also further reaffirmed Nayati’s commitment to the UK market, revealing that the manufacturer will soon be looking to take on more salespeople to cover a national remit.