Stockport kitchen house calls in administrators

Design Catering Equipment, one of the most prominent kitchen houses in the North West, has gone into administration.

It is thought that administrators are hoping to find a buyer for the business, although at this stage no details have been released on the situation.

The Stockport-based company is one of the larger kitchen houses in the market, employing around 25 people.

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It has delivered more than 5,000 catering projects since it was set up in 1990, carrying out numerous schemes for major construction firms such as Balfour Beatty, Willmott Dixon and Interserve.

Since its formation 24 years ago, Design Catering Equipment has evolved into a complete design and installation company, specialising in the delivery of commercial kitchens for restaurants, schools and hotels.

Three years ago the company was bought by its management team in a deal part-financed by NatWest. The MBO allowed husband and wife team Paul and Joanne Rawlinson, to retire from the business. They were co-founders of the business, along with Peter Ramsay — DCE’s financial director and company secretary — who retired from the business in 2004.

Current management at the company were unable to comment at the time of publication, but indicated that administrators would be issuing a statement in due course.

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