Stuart Campbell leaves CaterQuotes

The man who helped bring a whole new level of automation to the UK catering equipment market through his work with CaterQuotes has ended his six-year association with the company.

Stuart Campbell, who served as managing director of the Birmingham-based industry software specialist since its inception in 2007, has left the company to pursue an independent venture.

During his time in charge, CaterQuotes became the de facto web-based electronic catalogue and estimating programme for catering equipment dealers and suppliers.

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More than 1,200 UK catering equipment professionals now use its subscription-based software, while around 500 brands are registered on its system.

It is not clear what Campbell’s next challenge will entail, but details are expected to be revealed next month.

In the meantime, he placed on record his gratitude to all those that worked with the company during his time there.

“I’d particularly like to thank customers new and old for their support during my six years in establishing CaterQuotes as the industry standard,” he said.

CaterQuotes has moved swiftly to ensure there is minimal disruption from Campbell’s departure by promoting senior technical support manager Chris Wright to the role of general manager.

His appointment was ratified last week after a meeting with the company’s US parent, AutoQuotes.

Wright has been instrumental in CaterQuotes’ technical activities since early on in the company’s formation and said his new role would now see him responsible for overall managerial duties as well as the majority of the project work that was handled by his predecessor.

Wright said his appointment was unlikely to herald any significant change in strategy, however, as the business remains headed in the right direction.

“Stuart has done a superb job over the past six years and the company wouldn’t be where it is without his efforts,” he said. “The company is in an excellent position, so realistically at this stage it is very much a case of situation normal.”

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