Ali Group company, Comenda, and Hubbard Systems have mutually agreed that the Italian-headquartered warewasher manufacturer will take direct control of its UK supply.
As of 5 November, all new sales and service enquiries of Comenda warewashing machinery in the UK should go via Comenda’s UK brand manager Jonathan Mellor, Ali Group’s John Braithwaite or the brand’s sales department.
Roy Andrews will manage after-sales service, warranty and spare parts, and all Comenda brochures, technical specification sheets BIM and CAD information can be accessed through the brand’s UK website.
Simon Aspin, MD of HTG Trading, which owns Hubbard Systems, commented: “The market during the past 12 months has been difficult, and sales have not been as encouraging as either Hubbard Systems or Comenda would have wanted.
“With the establishment of a Comenda operation in the UK, it makes sense to transfer the business there. Naturally Hubbard Systems will continue to support Comenda in any way we can, during the transition period and afterwards.”
Both Comenda and the Ali Group thanked Hubbard Systems for its support in the last year and are looking forward to continually supporting the supplier for its ongoing sales and service of Scotsman ice machines and another 40 years of partnership.
The Ali Group company will now look to the future and continue to build upon the 40-year tenure that Comenda has held in the UK market, with a continued focus on providing cutting edge warewashing, ancillary products and solutions.
Over the coming months, Comenda will be launching new product lines into the UK market.
Meanwhile, the brand has chosen First Choice Group as its exclusive OEM spare parts supplier following its UK restructure.
As of November, First Choice Group and Comenda’s Master Distribution Agreement (MDA) came into place, giving the Cannock-based OEM spares specialist sole access to the warewashing manufacturer’s OEM spares supply.
First Choice believes it can offer customers an enhanced level of service when it comes to the supply of Comenda parts, delivering a speedy solution of genuine parts.
Steven McLaren, who was recently appointed as First Choice Group’s commercial manager, said: “We are thrilled to have signed this Master Distribution Agreement with Comenda – they are a fantastic, Italian-based brand and First Choice Group are looking forward to supporting them with their growth in the UK at this exciting time of development for their brand.
“Our emphasis at First Choice Group is on our manufacturer partnerships – working with them to promote their OEM spare parts and their brand. Comenda have an impressive line of warewashing equipment and I look forward to seeing the release of their new products in the coming 12 months and we will be ready to support their customers with all their OEM spare part requirements.”
Comenda’s Mellor added: “Comenda are very pleased to be in partnership with the First Choice Group and see this as further proof that Comenda are not only focused on delivering a first class dishwasher range, but a complete package to the industry covering all angles and leaving no stone unturned.
“First Choice Group will complement Comenda’s offering to the industry, backed up by our very own expert, Roy Andrews, who is back in the industry after a short break – with Roy’s over 20 years’ experience of the Comenda brand, the positives are there for all to see.
“Between First Choice Group and ourselves we aim to give an enviable spare parts and technical back up to the industry making sure that all customers’ needs are completed quickly and in a professional manner.”