Ben Crosby is to leave Newcastle-based distributor Crosbys today (31 July) after 27 years of service with the firm.
The son of founder Bob Crosby, he stayed on as business development manager at Crosbys Catering Supplies, which was formed in April, following Unitech Industries’ purchase of original entity Bob Crosby Agencies’ assets from administration.
Bob Crosby Agencies, trading as Crosbys, was established in 1990 and grew to be one of the largest independent suppliers of catering equipment and chemicals in the North East with a turnover of £8m.
A Unitech Industries spokesperson stated: “We can confirm that Ben is due to leave Crosbys today after 27 years of service with Crosbys, to pursue an opportunity that has arisen from his contacts within the catering industry.”
His brother Roger Crosby is remaining as general manager at Crosbys and will be expanding the team at the distributor, with new appointments in the sales force to be announced shortly.
Ben himself told Catering Insight: “After 27 years of happiness and heartache I feel now is a good time to move on. The remaining staff at Crosbys are safe and I wish Unitech the best of luck for the future.”
His new move will be to Newark-based Blue Castle Group, an independent advisory consultancy. He detailed: “Through my contacts and experience I will be concentrating on (but not limited to) the UK hospitality industry.
“From my personal experience and through listening to my customers it’s fair to say that the industry is going through a ‘challenging period’, staff and skill shortages, increased food and equipment costs and an unsure economy are an everyday and very serious problem.
“Over the last few years I’ve become very involved in food waste and recycling issues and have helped many of my customers start to make considerable savings when it comes to waste and recycling processes. This has been through a combination of new equipment, staff training, recycling awareness, waste management training and also energy usage.”