At the start of the second quarter, Andrew Nisbet reflected on the growth of his catering equipment empire as the Bristol firm marked 30 years in his business.

He said that making it easy for customers to find the company had been one of the main factors behind its growth into a £180m company.

“Whether they prefer to order via the web, via the phone or to turn up in person at one of our shops, Nisbets is extremely accessible,” he said. Parry went green by installing more than 500solar panels on the roof of its factory in Derbyshire, First Choice Catering Spares doubled the storage capacity of its warehouse to cope with demand, and office supplies firm Office Depot launched a division to sell commercial catering products.

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CESA and CEDA divulged plans to pool resources and share expertise in areas where they have a common interest, with October’s joint technical conference highlighted as one of the first initiatives between the pair. “We are already looking at educational programmes, apprentice schemes and developing a code of practice for FOG management,” revealed CEDA chairman Jack Sharkey.

Surrey-based distributor IFSE acquired Roman Catering Equipment Engineers, Express Catering Spares opened an online Roller Grill spares hub and the HSE began investigating the safety risks of indoor charcoal ovens after concerns that faulty installations had left kitchen workers exposed to carbon monoxide. Suppliers such as Josper and Bertha said that as long as the correct safety practices are followed, there shouldn’t be any elevated risk.

The market is rocked by news of Direct Catering Supplies’ collapse, with the Birmingham-based company going into liquidation a few days after reports surfaced that its showroom had been locked up and its website was no longer working. “I think the company was probably in trouble for some time and kept clinging on thinking it will get better, but it’s just got much worse to the point where it could not trade any longer,” said one supplier owed money by the firm. In the manufacturing arena,

Frima prepared to kick off a fresh chapter in its UK business after appointing Rational sales director Graham Kille as its new head having initially done away with the MD’s position earlier in the year while Infrico re-established ties with Pentland, giving the wholesaler exclusive UK rights to its refrigeration range.

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