HK Projects celebrates its 30th anniversary

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The HK Projects team has built up a design expertise and reputation.

HK Projects is celebrating 30 years of project design in the hospitality industry.

Founded in 1989 by Steve Drumm and Steve Anderson, the company feels it has built a tradition of excellence in providing customers with project design management and consultation.

Over the past three decades, HK has built a strong network, and developed a loyal and diverse customer base.

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The Sheffield-based firm has moved from providing basic schemes to much larger projects working as consultants and project management at flagship restaurants for Gordon Ramsay.

Jason Fish, MD at HK Projects detailed: “HK’s first project was for a nursing home costing £7,000, to now, working on a project costing £1.8m for Kirklees College with six training kitchens.”

When Fish took over as MD in 2010 he brought with him his contacts and expertise, having previously worked for another consultancy and as a freelance management consultant.

He said: “We started working with many establishments within the higher and further education industry and Cloverleaf Restaurant Group, which was acquired by Greene King.”

HK Projects has created many project designs for universities and colleges, having previously collaborated with Sheffield College, as well as working as consultants for Cornwall College, The Grand in York and working alongside TUCO and Skills for Chefs since its inception.

As the number of projects grew, so did the HK line-up when the small team increased to an organisation of 17, as well as promoting fundamental team members internally. In particular, Matt Connell who was hired as a design apprentice has elevated his role to become design director.

Now the company has set its sights on expanding the team further. Fish said: “We are focusing on developing apprentices – recruiting new staff and promoting more staff internally.

“HK plans to grow – we want to push the design consultancy element of the business and collaborate with more universities and restaurants.”

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