The managing director of catering equipment wholesaler RH Hall has vowed to ensure that the company continues to expand its product and market coverage after reaching 30 years with the business.
Ray Hall, whose father Ron founded the business, says he is “immensely proud” of the company’s progress in what, at times, has been a very challenging market place with fluctuating economic climes.
Speaking in the company’s latest newsletter, Hall said that three decade on from joining the business, the focus was still very much on building the operation and looking to innovation to give it a competitive edge.
“Going forward, we have many new initiatives planned, including further expansion in the UK and overseas markets, especially Europe where we currently work with one of the largest foodservice companies in France,” he said.
“Our influence is growing with major food companies too, where we are developing total food solutions to meet the modern day requirements of the catering market. There are also many new projects and products that we plan to launch this year including our brand new web platform.”
Hall joined the firm in the early 1980s, a few years after his father had spotted an opportunity to open shops selling domestic microwaves.
As large multiple retailers and electrical superstores moved into microwave sales, RH Hall shifted its focus to the commercial market and within a decade expanded its product range to include other catering equipment.
Its first major distribution deal came with Sharp in the mid-90s and today it also has exclusive arrangements with Smeg, Crown Verity and Simply Stainless, as well as its own brand lines Maestrowave and iWave lines.
Last year saw the company invest in a fabrication business, allowing it to provide additional bespoke equipment to customers.
“Our business ethos is ‘if you can sketch it, we can make it’,” says Hall. “This facility is now not only producing specialist fabricated cabinets for the foodervice industry, but products for other industries too.”