Independent catering equipment engineer Darren Sharpe has launched Catersafe.org, a foodservice equipment and engineer supplier directory.

It is aimed at manufacturers, distributors, installers, repair and service personnel, catering establishments and food outlets anywhere in the UK and Ireland. Sharpe explained: “I get calls from end users who found it very difficult to find service providers able and willing to give the service they required.

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“I have been in the foodservice industry for the last 25 years working mainly as a self-employed engineer. I know how hard it can be to build a name and secure business in a very fragmented industry, so I created a website designed to bring together foodservice equipment suppliers and service companies to work together for the benefit of the industry and catering establishments.”

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The website is being marketed as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anyone connected with foodservice or hospitality to quickly find the equipment or service provider they need.

The site is gaining listed members at a steady rate, including the recent addition of Sammic as the directory’s first national account equipment provider.

Sharpe added: “The site hits are growing very quickly and I’m looking to have listings increase by 100 in the next 2-3 months and 750 by the end of the year.”