Powys kitchen house Eric Neville Catering Supplies has bagged the contract to deliver a new catering suite at Walford and North Shropshire College.
Governors of the college recently approved a £100,000 investment to provide the first phase of new hospitality and catering facilities at its Oswestry Campus.
The new facilities will include a specialist teaching kitchen, with the second phase to include a training restaurant which will be open to the public.
Following a tender exercise the college appointed Eric Neville to carry out the project, starting with the conversion of the current refectory area.
The college said the company was “one of the leading suppliers of catering equipment in the country”.
Paul May, deputy principal of the college, said the work would pave the way for it to bring more catering students on board.
“We have seen a steady increase in interest in our hospitality and catering provision in recent years, with demand far outstripping the capacity of our current facilities. From September we will be able to offer some fantastic full-time courses in hospitality and catering which will provide the stepping stone for students aiming for a professional career in the industry.”
The college has already taken more than 20 applications for September, which it called a “fantastic start” to recruitment.
Eric Neville Catering Supplies is an established Welsh kitchen house with more than 35 years’ experience of providing catering supplies, equipment leasing and commercial kitchen design.
The company has remained in family hands since its formation in 1975 and serves catering establishments across mid-Wales, Powys and Shropshire.
The cost of some of the specialist items of equipment it will provide to Walford and North Shropshire College has been met by Skills Funding Agency, while Shropshire Council has contributed £13,000 towards the project.
Several renowned Shropshire restaurateurs, including Marcus Bean at the New Inn, Baschurch and Will Holland from La Becasse in Ludlow, have already expressed their support for the new facilities.