Former Britannia boss takes on new ventilation role


Ian Levin, the former managing director Britannia Kitchen Ventilation, has teamed up with long-time partner HVAC following his recent departure from the firm.

Levin will join HVAC (Heartfield Ventilation & Air-Conditioning) after many years of working with the company as a partner during his time at Britannia. Levin was the founder of Britannia, which is now owned by the Middleby Corporation, after starting the business in 1995 following spells with Spantile and Vianen.

Levin’s knowledge and experience will boost HVAC’s position in the kitchen ventilation sector where they have been finding significant growth in the requirement for full systems and turn-key solutions.

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HVAC’s core business has traditionally been in general ventilation and air-conditioning but over recent years, through involvement with the major department stores and supermarket chains, they have moved successfully into the commercial kitchen ventilation market place.

Ian Davey, co-director of HVAC, said: “We have enjoyed a strong partnership with Britannia for over 15 years now and together having completed prestigious projects such as Met Office Exeter and The Eden Project. Ian will bring a degree of talent and inside-industry knowledge that will help HVAC to fill a broadening gap in the market.”

Davey’s co-director of HVAC, Dave Morris, added: “The commercial kitchen ventilation industry is evolving and HVAC will be at the forefront of this change. We have at our disposal, the full range of services to provide turn-key solutions for the catering industry, all having full in-house design and build with a managed resolution for any project. Clients can choose as much or as little from us as they wish.”

Levin said the move was an "exciting step" and said he was really looking forward to developing the company’s unique approach to the market.

"HVAC has so much knowledge in the application of ventilation and it is my job to align this with my own specialist experience in kitchen ventilation," he said.

"My role will predominantly be that of business development but inevitably that means I will be getting involved at all levels of projects and customer contact, which is what I really enjoy.”

HVAC confirmed that it intends to continue its relationship with Britannia by utilising the Britannia range of canopies wherever possible to enhance its offering.

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