Prague equipment order a bonus for Hopkins

Catering equipment provider Hopkins’ has had to venture a little further afield than usual for its latest job after winning a contract to fit its first frying range in Prague.

The Leeds-based company was contacted by the owners of a new luxury fish and chip shop in the Czech capital after they spotted Hopkins’ equipment while visiting London for research into their British-themed eatery.

Hopkins gave the owners a tour of several London fish and chip shops that use its ranges, culminating in the order for a bespoke three-pan high efficiency counter frying range with hinged lids.

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The project was managed by local Prague kitchen house, Matthes, and supported by two members of Hopkins’ range team, which visited the premises to complete an initial site survey. Plans and CAD drawings were then developed by Matthes.

Once the range had been built, Hopkins arranged for it to be packed into specially-ordered shipping crates for export along with the ducting required for the shop.

Members of Hopkins’ range team then flew out to Prague to commission the frying range once it had been installed by Matthes’ engineers.

As a British-produced range, the equipment finds itself in good company at the outlet. The interior is designed around a London Underground theme, with black and white tiles, a red telephone box and newspaper door coverings helping to capture the British spirit.

Hopkins recently gained support from Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance in order to help increase its export capability and invest in a new vehicle fleet, according to a local newspaper report.

The company is understood to have replaced two ageing vans from its 20-strong fleet with new models that are more environmentally friendly and economical to run.

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