Top 10 UK kitchen houses: number 8

C&C’s turnover peaked in 2015-16 thanks to two large contracts.

At number 8 on the list of top 10 UK kitchen houses by turnover is C&C Catering Equipment.

The independently-owned family firm is trucking along very nicely, according to its financials. It can count itself as one of the most profitable enterprises in this list, which shows that growth doesn’t always have to come at the expense of profit margins.

The Chester-based group’s operating profits increased by 17.3% in the year ending 30 April 2017, generating just over £1.3m compared to the previous year’s figures of £1.1m. During the latest accounting period, the group acquired 100% share capital of its C&C Catering Engineers arm, following the creation of C&C Catering Fabrications in the previous financial year.

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However, turnover is down from 2015-16’s high of £15.6m to £12.6m last year. This was due to two large contracts completed in the previous period, but MD Peter Kitchin reported that on the whole the company is more than pleased by the figures achieved as a group.

The consolidated accounts now include C&C Catering Engineers as well as C&C Catering Fabrications, with those two subsidiaries helping to increase the profit figure and to ensure that the group achieved a healthy turnover.

C&C has posted strong operating profits.

The kitchen house wants to be seen as a “safe bet”, and these consistent results would certainly seem to back this up. Its long term focus has meant it is continuing to invest in its staff and systems to maintain its standards.

Large scale kitchen schemes have become the C&C’s trademark, and thanks to major project work gained in and around the South East, the distributor employs project managers based in that region. Major clients up and down the country include Google, the Tate Modern, Hewlett Packard, and even the industry’s own First Choice Group, with C&C outfitting the staff dining area at the spares specialist’s state of the art new headquarters in Cannock.

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