Space puts fabrication work through Holmes

Space Catering Equipment has begun putting fabrication work through Holmes Catering Equipment as it starts to benefit from the assets it recently bought from administrators.

Holmes operates a sizable manufacturing and fabrication plant at its head office in York, giving Space access to its own production facilities for the first time.

Space CEO, Mike Mellor, said that while it was a new area for the company, it is already benefiting from Holmes’ expertise.

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“We have never had the ability to manufacture our own fabrication or counters, but Holmes has always had that — it was built around a manufacturing business, so that is really exciting for us,” he said.

“It is a steep learning curve because there is a completely new set of rules around that, but we have already processed some orders through them. We are now able to put Space work through Holmes, so rather than it leaving the group it is staying under the same lid.”

Holmes’ future had appeared uncertain after administrators were appointed in October 2014. However, Space stepped in to take over the business in late November, saving around 25 jobs.

It then brought in Lee Martin as the managing director of Holmes and announced he would run it as a separate business within the group called Holmes Catering Equipment Solutions.

Mellor admits the prospect of strengthening the Gloucester-based outfit’s geographic presence and extending its footprint in the retail sector, where Holmes has historically been strong, were also factors in its decision to buy the business.

“We have customers based in the north that we were not really able to give the best service to because of the sheer logistics of travelling, whether it be for a sales meeting or to actually do a job. It is great to now have a foothold in the north and some of our national accounts, brewery clients and larger contract caterers will certainly find that useful.”

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