Victor sales 6% ahead of target

Victor Manufacturing is gearing up to celebrate Christmas in style after achieving a 21% increase in business for 2014, a 6% growth on the figure it had projected for the year.

Victor claims the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme, penetration into the retail counters market along with major export success are the main factors for the rise.

Its involvement in the UIFSM programme saw it supply more than 500 food service units to primary schools over the summer.

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The Bradford-based company’s turnover has increased by an average of 10.5% year-on-year since 2009.

The business has also increased its manufacturing space, acquiring additional premises close to its headquarters. The 9,000 square foot building comprises office and factory facilities and is being utilised for retail and commercial counter assembly.

Andrew Gibson, sales director at Victor, said: “The introduction of UIFSM this year meant that thousands of schools have needed to overhaul their kitchens, canteens and dining areas to cope with the increased pressure put on them to provide meals for infant pupils.

“We have been working closely with a number of distributors and customers to design and install new facilities, increasing our headcount and extending shifts on the factory floor to meet this incredible demand.

“Not only have we changed the spaces we work in, but we’ve streamlined our processes so we’re incredibly flexible and efficient. 2014 has been a great year and we’re very proud of the team’s achievements.”

Along with exceptional performance in the education sector, Victor has won large new contracts that have seen its products being exported to southern Ireland and the Middle East.

It has also recently been named as an official supplier to the Sultan of Oman, providing barracks catering equipment for the Sultan’s Armed Forces.

Gibson added: “We’re proud to be exporting British-made products across the globe and see further growth in this area. Our design and manufacturing capabilities have earned us overseas success and we plan to increase our market share outside of the UK.”

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