Craven creates Christmas charity appeal


Yorkshire-based catering equipment manufacturer Craven is continuing its policy of making a charitable donation during the festive season, rather than sending out Christmas cards.

It is once again inviting its customers and suppliers to choose which charity receives the donation, via an online vote. This year the choice is between The Honeypot Charity, Martin House Hospice, Save the Family and Shelter, with the vote ending at midnight on Wednesday 23 December. Last year Shelter won a £1,000 donation.

MD Angus Milnes commented: “We’d much rather make a difference with a charity donation than send out a corporate Christmas card, and I can assure you that none of us here at Craven look very good in a Santa hat and reindeer jumper!

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“All of these charities are really worthwhile and the difference is that this year they’ll all be winners because we will make donations to each of them, with the winner getting £1,000 and the runners up smaller but still significant cash donations.”

Craven is finishing 2015 in an even stronger position than at the end of 2014, with both a greater number of customers and higher turnover in its standard products division.

Milnes added: “Our continued growth is really encouraging given that most people in the business will acknowledge that last year was a bumper year for the industry.

“Well, we’ve already beaten it and much of this success can be attributed to our readiness to plough profits back into the business which in turn enables us to ensure that we are providing top quality British manufactured products into the channel at a competitive price point.”

Following the installation of a state of the art MIG welding robot earlier this year, Craven is continuing its reinvestment policy by fitting a 100kVA CNC resistance welding robot over the Christmas break, which is aimed at enhancing its Firmashelf 500 range of shelving.

“We have also greatly enhanced their powder coating facilities both in terms of capacity, the ability to offer a range of different finishes and the ability to coat smaller quantities efficiently and profitably,” said Milnes.

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