Hubbard and Taylor parent firm restructures

Simon Aspin (left) will become HTG Trading MD, while Martin Wood steps down from chief executive to non-executive chair.

HTG Trading, which owns Scotsman ice maker importer Hubbard Systems and ice cream machine manufacturer Taylor UK, has announced major changes to its senior management structure.

Simon Aspin, currently commercial director of Hubbard, will become MD of HTG from 1 January 2018. At the same time, Taylor’s commercial director, Pete Gray, becomes MD of Taylor. Meanwhile Martin Wood will step down from his role as chief executive of HTG Trading to become non-executive chair of the company.

HTG’s subsidiaries look after well-known foodservice equipment brands, with Hubbard Systems the exclusive UK supplier of Scotsman icemakers and Comenda warewashers. Taylor UK is the exclusive supplier for Taylor frozen drinks and dessert machines and clamshell grills, Frigomat ice cream equipment, and Prática combi ovens, as well as supplying ISA refrigerated displays and Turbochef ovens.

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Wood said: “HTG’s succession planning in recent years has been focused on developing internal candidates for senior management positions. We believe that the arrangements that are in place will allow the company to continue its successful growth path.”

Wood has been CE of HTG Trading for over 18 years, during which time the business has flourished – in the last five years alone sales have risen by 86%. His ongoing association with the company over the next few years should allow him to help with its continuing progression.

Aspin commented: “Martin’s contribution to the company’s success has been immense. We are very grateful that we will continue to benefit from his business acumen.”

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