Nottingham-based Garners Food Service Equipment is continuing its bonds with local universities in the form of recent hires, contract completions and charity collaborations.
As part of the firm’s 2017 expansion, Garners took on three new members of staff, two of whom recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University (which sits only 10 minutes away from its office).
Now having four NTU graduates in the office, business development director Andy Brown is conscious of the opportunities presented by a student city. “With more and more graduates now staying on in the cities in which they studied, the pool of talent we’re able to pick from is ever-increasing; we’re even set up on the NTU graduate jobs portal to make sure we remain an attractive place of work to those technically trained.”
The hires follow last year’s completion of the Pavilion – part of the ‘Heart of the Campus’ development – which coincidentally was worked on by the first NTU graduate to join Garners’ design department in 2008.
The distributor supplied equipment and counters to the deli and main servery in the refectory, as well as the coffee bar and reception desk in the Pavilion, which has won numerous awards for its sustainable design.
Andrew Hopewell, lead construction manager at NTU, appreciated the strong business relationship the two parties share. “Upon the design being put forward by a consultant, Garners developed the finer points and made sure everything was geared up for the amazing building that we have in place today. Its hard work ensured the equipment supplied was of the utmost quality and that the fit-out went without a hitch; now nearly 2 years in, the refectory remains a well-used key asset to the university estate.”
Having also worked on the Loughborough University campus last year, Garners is now collaborating with LUSU on a Victorian-era community hall which is soon to undergo major maintenance works.
Fearon Hall, run by Charnwood Arts, has been appealing for funds and is now due to have its dilapidated interior renewed in order to preserve its physical heritage – a campaign which has been supported by Garners’ social/corporate responsibility programme.