Warminster-based distributor, National Facilities Management (National FM), has closed its doors.
The company, which has operated in the market for 17 years, appears to have become the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, exiting the industry on the same day that Boris Johnson announced a four-week national lockdown in England starting this Thursday.
Emails to managing director, Geoff Mitchell, are currently met with an automatic response which states: “Unfortunately, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the hospitality sector, and the resultant reduction in the demand for our business, we have taken the difficult decision to close National Facilities Management Ltd with effect from 31 October 2020.”
The message also advises those interested to contact the company’s administrators, Diana Frangou and Chris Lewis of RSM Restructuring Advisory in Birmingham for more information.
Catering Insight reached out to Lewis this morning. He declined to go into details except to say: “I confirm that the company is not in administration. We are aware of the company but I can’t comment any further.”
National FM’s phone line currently seems to be unmanned, though its website is still online.
The distributor describes itself as “a hospitality-led facilities management company”, working within the leisure sector, providing services including the design, supply and installation of foodservice areas, reactive help desk assistance, and ongoing maintenance.
Foodservice projects the Wiltshire-based distributor has been involved in over the years include: the Ram Inn, Wandsworth, London; Eggslut, Portabello Road, London; Le Monde restaurant, Cardiff; The Halal Guys, Leicester Square, London; The Draft Haus, Chancery Lane, London; Youngs burger shack & bar at Fire Stables in Wimbledon; Youngs burger shack at the Weyside in Guildford; and The Old Custom House, Penarth.
The business was incorporated 2003 first as Wessex Catering Maintenance by Anthony Morgan, subsequently becoming Wessex Facilities Management in 2006. It then changed its name again to National Facilities Management in 2008 around the same time current MD Mitchell was appointed to his role.