CCE sees mixed fortunes in latest results

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CCE recently outfitted The Good Egg in Soho.

Basildon-based distributor Contract Catering Equipment (CCE) has posted its latest annual report on Companies House.

Giving an up-to-date picture of the business, the statement is for the year ending 30 April 2019.

In those 12 months the firm reached a turnover of nearly £7.3m, 3% down on the £7.6m for 2018.

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There was better performance in operating profit though. While the company still made a loss of £24k, this was a 29% increase on 2018’s loss of £34k.

During the reported 12 months, CCE upgraded both of its fabrication plants, investing in two Amada 8 axis CNC press brake machines.

Group MD, Ray Costelloe, said at that point that he expects the state-of-the-art machines to be the mainstay of sheet metal bending for the company’s bespoke, in-house fabrication process. And he said they will provide increased functionality and even greater accuracy for its workshops.

“I am delighted with our investment in new machinery which will help us continue to lead the way in commercial kitchen design and manufacture,” he commented.

Recent projects include refurbishing the kitchens at luxury hotel and spa, Whatley Manor in Wiltshire, and a second London location in Soho for The Good Egg.

CCE started life in 1987 when Costelloe started out with just enough money to cover the first’s month’s rent on a workshop at Bentley Farm.

Over 30 years later the one workshop has now become two fully operational factories with multi-purpose office facilities including two design suites.

Today it employs more than 60 people and can design and build any kind of catering installation including food carts, pop-up kitchens, outdoor kitchens, barbecues and ‘drop-in’ units.

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