New catering equipment wholesaler sets up

A new company offering kitchen equipment and supplies is setting up business in Salford, with the aim of becoming a major player in the catering equipment industry.

Cooksmill, based on Regent Road, is currently in the process of getting its wholesale store up and running so that it can begin serving B2B and B2C catering and hospitality clients this summer.

The company is promising to offer a “huge range” of catering equipment, kitchenware, tableware, cleaning, clothing, appliances and disposables.

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Cooksmill has now begun a recruitment drive to hire its first 10 team members over the coming weeks and plans to create up to 20 jobs in total within the next few months.

Roles will span manual picking and packing duties and customer service advisors in the wholesale warehouse, as well as managerial and operational opportunities. Positions will also be available to manage the recently launched e-commerce website.

In a press release announcing the creation of local jobs in Salford, the company did not give much away about its background except to say it was “born out of family success”.

Quotes within the release were attributed to a ‘Cooksmill representative’ rather than a named individual from the management team, although Andrew Jackson was listed at the bottom of the press release as the ‘company contact’.

Catering Insight attempted to contact him for further details on the business and its ownership but was referred to the company’s PR representatives. They were not in a position to divulge any additional information at this stage.

On its website, Cooksmill references the fact that its history in the catering supply base can be traced back over 30 years, while it is understood that members of the operational team formerly have experience working for wholesale giant Makro.

In the press release, a Cooksmill representative said that building a workforce made up of local people was a “high priority” for the company.

“We aim to be a major player in the UK catering supply industry and a company for Salfordians to be proud of. What better way to do that than by giving job opportunities to local residents?”

The company said that alongside permanent full and part-time employment, it would be offering apprenticeships and NVQ training in hospitality, food service, retail and health and safety.

The representative added: “Our commitment and passion for the catering industry goes beyond the products we supply. We want to become a successful training centre and a place for the industry’s leading figures of the future to learn their craft.”

The company said that its Regent Road location will combine a blend of warehouse, picking and packing facility for online ordering and a wholesale store and showroom, all under one roof.

It aims to offer up to 10,000 products and promises next-day delivery on all orders placed before 1pm.

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