Spennymoor dealer thrives under new ownership

A spate of project wins in the North East has put Howell Cummings Catering Equipment well on the way to expanding the size of its business, just a year after the company was acquired by the Halcyon Building Group.

Spennymoor-based Howell Cummings made sales of around £1.5m last year, but managing director Paul Surtees said the firm was already involved in enough forthcoming projects to suggest it will exceed that figure in 2012.

“The company has already secured work moving into its second year equal to that of the turnover in the first year and it is forecast to further expand its turnover the following year,” he told Catering Insight.

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Howell Cummings specialises in the design, supply and installation of commercial kitchen equipment, serveries, bespoke counters and refrigeration.

It currently employs eight people directly, while a number of key functions are supported by Halycon.

Surtees insists that the combination of Howell Cummings’ kitchen expertise and Halycon’s building knowledge creates a strong dynamic.

“We are able to offer potential clients a total internal solution,” he explains. “An example of this can be demonstrated from a scheme enquiry requiring partitioning, plastering, hygienic wall finish, commercial kitchen installation, bespoke joinery, doors, frames and reception desks. We are now able to offer a single point solution for all disciplines.”

One of the most recent projects it completed involved Gateshead College. It provided the kitchen and servery counters for two separate academy centres linked to the site.

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