CED is possibly enjoying the most successful period in its 25 year history thanks to its shift into new markets.
When the company was founded as Independent Catering Supplies (Rossendale) by Howard Rishton in 1991, providing catering equipment and fabrications, he could not have imagined that today it would be an-almost £12m turnover firm, employing 135 people over three sites.
And growth has been swift, as in 2013, turnover was around £8m.
The CED name came into being for the company in 1997, and since moving to its current Accrington head office at around the same time, it has never looked back.
The Accrington premises manufactures all the firm’s drop-in counter orders and around 90% of the business’ fabrications such as benches and sinks, plus basic servery counters for markets such as the education sector.
2012 saw more expansion when Rishton rescued a fabrication company called Bliline in Sandwich, Kent, which used to make specialised fabrications for Tesco refrigerated display counters.
The re-named CED South now manufactures counters and fabrications thanks to investments in machinery, specialising in smaller specialist orders in south east England. This division’s annual turnover is currently around £1.2m.
However, 2014 was probably the biggest turning point for the company, as it opened another branch in the Merseyside fabrication hub, nearby competitors such as Counterline and TrakHupfer.