Top 10 UK kitchen houses: number 3

Aggora’s turnover has grown incredibly quickly.

The Aggora Group is placed in the bronze medal spot for Catering Insight’s report into top 10 UK kitchen houses by turnover.

Until January, the distributor was one of the highest earning independent kitchen houses in the country, but it will now join the Bunzl Group stable after its buyout by Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment.

And it’s clear that Lockhart has bought a good prospect, with the 2016-17 financial year turnover of £26.7m placing Aggora at third on the kitchen house list here. This is an 8% increase on the 12 months prior, to 31 March 2016, which came in at £24.7m.

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Although the business was started by Simon Pointon and Doug Thewlis in 2007, Companies House records for the current entity only go back to the 2011-12 financial year, which is why the 2010-2011 data is missing.

Aggora’s strong operating profit figures likely attracted Bunzl Lockhart to acquire the distributor.

But for the last 6 years though we can see that Aggora has very swiftly grown, increasing turnover more than fivefold from 2011-12’s £5m. Operating profits were rising steadily until 2015-16, but the latest results of £2.2m suggest that the upwards trajectory is back on track.

The business boasts nationwide coverage with offices in Redditch, Manchester and Edinburgh. It offers services including catering area design, equipment supply and installation, planned maintenance and repair, and relocation and disposal of equipment.

Furthermore, it provides end users an online job tracking and asset monitoring capability.

Supplied manufacturers include: Electrolux, Rational, Falcon, Retigo, Lincat, Robot Coupe, Williams, Nilfisk, Blue Seal, Hamilton Beach, Foster, EAIS, Panasonic and Bravilor Bonamat.

Since the distributor’s inception, it has completed projects for Costa, M&S, Subway, Deli Marche coffee shops and Amigo convenience stores

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