One of the industry’s longest-serving members stepped down from his role this week after a career in the catering equipment and hospitality sector spanning more than 50 years.
Bill Moore, boss of Surrey-based distributor IFSE – is taking retirement after half a century in the commercial kitchen market. Andrew Fordyce will now take over as managing director at the firm.
Today, Moore looked back fondly on a career that began in 1963.
“The contracting industry has changed beyond all recognition during my career,” he said. “When I started out, virtually all the kitchens we designed were for industrial canteens and institutions, whereas today we are mostly engaged in projects involving corporate cafes and staff restaurants.
“Back-of-house design has become more and more demanding as the space given over to kitchens has become smaller and smaller in order for the operator to maximise the front-of-house sales and dining areas.”
Moore’s first job in the industry was as a junior draughtsman at Benham’s (later to become Stott Benham’s) and over the next 30 years his career took in posts at some of the UK’s leading foodservice companies, including Forte & Co, Gaskell & Chambers and Oliver Toms.
During the 1980s he spent eight years working in the Far East, Middle East, India and Asia for Horwoods before joining Servequip in 1989. Three years later he was instrumental in the MBO that saw the creation of IFSE.
He believes he is leaving behind a business in good shape.
“This year is a very exciting time for IFSE with the company diversifying into new areas, renewing its partnership with Zanussi and the addition of a new in-house maintenance division. But, sad though it may be to be leaving at such a time, I know that with Andrew Fordyce taking over as managing director I am leaving the business in thoroughly good hands.”
Moore said he has enjoyed his time in the industry immensely and would miss the many friends and colleagues he has worked with over the years.
From now on he will be concentrating on other matters close to his heart. “I look forward to spending more time with my wife and family and brushing up on my tennis and golf!” he admitted.