Cooking equipment manufacturer Nayati will step up its plans for the UK market without the services of managing director Stuart Campbell after he left the company yesterday.
Campbell had been the face of the Indonesian brand in the UK since it officially launched in the market last year, but is understood to be moving onto new challenges.
He will be replaced by chief executive Mark Campey, the former Counterline MD who owns Nayati UK and has been involved in the brand’s development in Europe from its infancy.
Campey confirmed to Catering Insight that the change in leadership had taken place and said it was his intention to become “more operationally involved”.
He said the objective was to give the business a “good, solid push forward” as it seeks to establish its position in the UK market.
“We have got quite a lot planned,” he said. “There will be a lot of new products coming to the market over the next eight to nine months and we are moving to a £800,000 purpose-built warehouse and R&D facility later this month, further underpinning our commitment to the UK market.”
The new HQ will be based in Hull and feature a kitchen demonstration facility for prospective customers to experience and test the equipment. The extra warehousing space will allow Nayati to increase the quantity of kit available to distributors.
“The additional warehousing is required because of the volume of stock we are going to hold,” he explained. “We need to be able to pick and ship. Where we have got to be slicker is to support the dealers in a different way.”
Additionally, Nayati has a warehouse in Belgium that it will be able to draw stock from, utilising the daily ferry links that run between Hull and Zeebrugge.
Stuart Campbell could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.