Nick Howe is retiring as MD of London-based distributor, Court Catering Equipment.
The dealer became part of the Unitech Group following an acquisition last year, having been originally established by Howe’s father John in 1976.
Howe, by his own admission, fell into working for his father by default and bought the company himself. Despite the pressures of owning Court Catering, he simultaneously continued with his international rowing career, representing Great Britain for a further 11 years.
He accrued a wealth of experience in the catering industry, having been a member of CEDA for 40 years and chair of CEDA for 2 years from 1998-2000. Court Catering has also won several accolades over the years, including the CEDA Grand Prix overall award three times – in 2017 for Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
Now stepping into the MD role is Andy Fitzwater, who has been deputy MD since last year’s takeover. He will be tasked with helping Unitech develop Court further, as a leading London distributor.
His career in the hospitality sector has seen him work previously for a number of contract caterers, distributors, product developers, and foodservice consultants. However, he has worked for Court Catering Equipment for over 25 years now, and has been part of the senior management team since 1997, when he was appointed design and projects director.
Fitzwater has much experience in the industry, and is a platinum holder of the Certified Food Service Professional qualification. Reportedly, It is Fitzwater’s knowledge and commitment to the company that led Howe to see that he was the prime candidate to take over the leadership of Court Catering Equipment, as he is already part of the company’s genetic make up.
Howe said: “Andy has designed and led numerous successful projects for us over the years, including ground-breaking restaurants Like, River Café, Spring at Somerset House, Mash & Air, Novikov, plus Hotel & Casino groups and the award winning Le Cordon Bleu projects in both London & Paris. This has made him the natural choice, when it came to appointing my successor.
“This has been fully supported by the Unitech Group CEO Nick Imlah. Therefore, on behalf the Court Catering Equipment team and the Unitech Group, I would like to congratulate Andy on his new endeavour, and look forward to supporting him in his new role, as Court Catering Equipment heads towards its 50th birthday in a few years’ time.”