PKL celebrates 30 years of its portable kitchens

The current PKL team celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary.

Cheltenham business PKL Group celebrated its 30th anniversary this week with a look back at its big successes over the last three decades and a look forward to the next 30.

The company supplies temporary and modular kitchen infrastructure, providing large scale kitchen installations at major events such as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and festivals like Glastonbury, WOMAD and Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park.

Beginning as an offshoot of company Mid-West Catering, PKL is credited with inventing modular temporary kitchens, now a staple of kitchen refurbishments and events throughout the world.

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During its 30 years, the company had created more than 15,000 kitchens, installed more than 500,000 pieces of equipment and provided the infrastructure to serve tens of millions of people.

The company has marked the occasion with a series of social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, looking back over some of the notable projects of the last 30 years. These included installations in Basra during the first Gulf War, every Summer Olympics since 2000 and challenging installations at some of the country’s most prestigious educational establishments in Oxford and Cambridge.

PKL has also created a series of special films featuring staff who have helped to build its success talking about their experiences of working for the company.

The celebrations culminated in a company photo taken just after a presentation by chief executive Lee Vines and sales manager Karen Rumsey, featuring the plans the company has for the next 2 years. These included fast growth for its catering equipment rental service U-Select, and plans for its Garbage Guzzler food waste digester.

Vines said: “It’s an amazing achievement for PKL to reach this remarkable milestone. We are still growing as a business and achieving success in every area – including our overseas division. I’m proud to lead the team here at PKL, which is dedicated, hardworking and very skilful at every level, and this team will ensure we continue to succeed over the next 30 years.”

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