Swadlincote-based Professional Kitchens has added an online shop to the range of services it offers.
The dealer, which specialises in commercial kitchen design and manufacture for universities and consultancy for schools, aims to use the new site to reach out to new markets, selling stainless steel products such as sinks, tables, food display, warewashing and racking where customers can either purchase via them or directly with suppliers.
Earlier this year, founders Duncan Measham and Slawek Krysa had noticed an increasing demand for the manufacture of bespoke stainless metal fabrication, and so invested £210,000 in new in-house plant and machinery to improve efficiencies.
The business is expanding and is currently looking for two sales and admin staff. They will also be looking to recruit further in January for positions in the factory.
“As the business expands we are planning to invest the same amount again in new machinery to aid the manufacture and cost effectiveness of our products,” Measham told PR Newswire Europe.
The firm is also introducing cutting edge technology into its products to transform their efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint by 25%.
A broad range of energy efficient new product solutions, such as ultra-sonic warewashing, sanitation using UV light, and electro-magnetic induction portal heating to allow rapid cooking and heating are currently in development.
Measham added: “We are investing heavily in product design to develop an exciting new range which introduces the very latest energy saving technology. They will be on the market within 18 months.
“We have set ourselves a target of making our products greener. We are reducing the carbon footprint in terms of electrical loading by 25%.”
The family-run firm is currently working on six library projects in the East Midlands, transforming them into community hubs with coffee shops and catering.
The partners are aiming to achieve a £2m turnover in the next 18 months and are considering expansion into European markets.