Dealers hail International Women’s Day

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The UK catering equipment supply chain is marking International Women’s Day.

UK catering equipment dealers are using their social media platforms to recognise today’s International Women’s Day.

With men still vastly outnumbering women in the industry, several companies took some time to laud the achievements of their female staff.

Pershore-based dealer Sprint Group posted on LinkedIn: “In a world where we have the infinite task of seeking equality, Sprint Group UK join the celebrations of International Women’s Day by acknowledging the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of female workers in what seems to be a predominantly male dominated industry.”

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The post also underlined: “At Sprint we’ve always endeavoured to create an inclusive environment but with women being more likely to be laid off or furloughed during the pandemic, we turned our attention to how we could further support our female employees in our attempt to progress our gender equality at work. We have adapted to remote working with further flexibility around childcare for staff who have needed it. We have examined our company policies focusing on equitable parental leave and continued to support the career pathways of our female workers.”

While Wiltshire-headquartered Total QSR blogged about marking International Women’s Day by revealing its commercial director Sarah Herridge was interviewed for Cotswold Life magazine’s special feature on the celebration. Within the piece she discusses her best piece of business advice and what she would go back and tell her 13-year-old self.

Another dealer taking to its own blog was Grimsby-based Sylvester Keal. “We are using this day as an opportunity to celebrate the women in our company,” wrote marketing director, Irene Keal.

“It is a day to take pride in our diverse staff population and the work of our female colleagues in a company surrounded by inspiring women.

“We would like to thank all the amazing women in our office for their commitment to the company, and in helping us continually improve our services for customers.”

Suppliers, too, have joined in the celebration. Foster Refrigerator tweeted that it is speaking to its colleagues on the day’s theme of ‘choose to challenge’. Its commercial marketing manager, Kirsty MacLeod, said: “When faced with the choice, I choose to challenge. Having courage to challenge bias and inequality in ourselves and others supports our community’s progression towards a more equal society.”

Middleby UK wished everyone a happy International Women’s Day by tweeting: “At Middleby UK we’re surrounded by a team of strong women who all contribute to the business in their own ways. We’re proud to have these amazing women at Middleby UK – let’s celebrate successes and inspire others.”

At Mitchell & Cooper, its Twitter account says: “Here’s to all those incredible ladies out there. Celebrate in style. And thank you to all those under our roof.”

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Clare Nicholls

The author Clare Nicholls


  1. In my humble opinion, I see no need to celebrate a day to recognise a women, a man or the gender neutral – personally I think international great person day would be far more fitting,

  2. I truly believe there is no disadvantage to being female in this sector of the catering industry, and ‘ had I been applauded on Women’s Day, I would have felt rather patronised (just as well I wasn’t then!) Throughout my career I don’t feel that my gender has stood in the way of me progressing. I encourage all people in catering to look at a future within the equipment supply sector as a good attitude and competence will allow them to climb the ladder

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