Victor rejoices at catering equipment milestone

Bradford-based Victor Manufacturing has proved that British catering equipment production can stay the course after clocking up its 70th year in business this month.

The company’s 95 employees were treated to a VIP day-out at Doncaster Races on Friday to celebrate the anniversary.

Victor was founded in 1944 as a sheet metal working company but after it was acquired by Michael and Joyce Mountain in 1953 it moved into manufacturing commercial catering equipment for hospitals and schools. Today the firm has a turnover of almost £7m.

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“It’s been tough for British manufacturers — across all sectors — to continue to flourish and thrive in this difficult economic climate,” said managing director, Mick Shaddock.

“I can only account our success to the fact that we are providing high quality products that our customers want to buy. Keeping our designers, engineers and manufacturing all together in the UK, means we can stay close to our market and react quickly to their needs.”

Victor has seen its business increase 37% over the last four years, leading it to expand its workforce by 10%.

It was recently named by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of the country’s fastest growing SMEs and gained the Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer Award at the annual Footprint Awards.

“Our major focus over the past five years has been on producing equipment that is energy efficient, while still maintaining high standards,” added Shaddock. “Energy is expensive and the costs are set to continue to rise over the coming years and this is one way in which we can help our customers control expenditure and reduce their energy bills.”

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