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BREAKING NEWS: Linda Lewis heads into early retirement

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Linda Lewis has spent 26 years in the catering equipment industry.

Linda Lewis of the eponymous Linda Lewis Kitchens (LLK) has decided to take a step back from the company after 26 years in the catering equipment industry and 15 years as LLK’s MD.

Linda will be handing the baton to her daughter, Jenna Lewis, who returned to her role of commercial director following her maternity leave at the start of this year.

Jenna’s role will involve focusing on business development as well as setting up LLK’s new export department. Jenna and her fiancé Will Pilling, technical director at LLK, hold 10% share in the business.

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Jenna will be assisted in the day to day running of the business by Joseph Solomon, LLK’s financial director and Natalie White, LLK’s operations manager, who also own shares in LLK and have worked in the business for more than 12 years.

As the major shareholder, Linda will remain on LLK’s board, attend monthly meetings and mentor Jenna when needed but will overall have a much more silent role.

Linda said: “I have had a fabulous time in the catering equipment industry but, following the loss of my father in February 2018, I have decided it is time to pursue new paths.

“LLK is a vibrant, successful business that I am extremely proud of. It has a fantastic team and Jenna is the perfect person to take over the running of the business. I would like to thank everyone in the industry for their support and guidance over the years and thank in advance for your continued support.”

Jenna commented: “I am so excited to continue the amazing work my mother put into LLK. I invested money into the business when I was 18 years old but decided to pursue a career in visual merchandise management for 6 years where I undertook a rigorous management training programme covering staffing, business development and commercial awareness.

“This experience prepared me well for when I joined team LLK in 2016 as commercial director. I am really looking forward to the future of LLK and our next step of exporting.”

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Clare Nicholls

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10 Comments

  1. Linda you deserve your rest after years of hard work building up a great successful company, all the very best for the future to both of you.
    Ron Neville

  2. I can only echo the comments of others Linda, well done.
    You are way too young to retire and still too full of great ideas so I wish you well in whatever you decide to do.
    Welcome to the new (existing) management team as well – good luck for the future.

  3. You’ll be missed Linda! Always you have been a role model to women in the industry !
    Enjoy your retirement! And hope to see you around. All the best to Jenna and the team!
    Holly!
    Xx

  4. Enjoy a well earned rest Linda. We will always be grateful for the opportunity you gave us, with LLK. Look forward to seeing the business continue to flourish with Jenna, Will and the team. All the best Ross

  5. Great News for you Linda, please enjoy your time off the coal face
    relax the business will be in very good hands
    David

  6. Wishing you all the very best for the future Linda.

    I am sure you will be hovering in the background “somewhere” for a while, further guiding and moulding Jenna, Will and Ross as needed.

    I can still remember that fantastic 4 hour car trip with you, offering you that lift from Cardiff (The Clink) back to Manchester Central Station sharing some great conversation and time together.

  7. Thank you everyone for your kind wishes it is very much appreciated all the best to you all for the future.

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