Steve Parkin has joined York-based fabricator, Holmes Catering Equipment Solutions, as its new MD, following the departure of Steven Whittaker.

Whittaker had held the post since August 2015, following the Space Group buying the firm out of administration in November 2014.

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Earlier this year, Nisbets took over the Space Group itself, so Holmes is now a subsidiary of the equipment supply giant.

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Space Group MD Ian Bidmead explained: “Steven Whittaker’s appointment was always meant to be fairly short term, of up to about 2 years.

“As he lives in the Isle of Skye he has been commuting from there at the weekends. That way of working usually has a shelf life.”

Bidmead praised Whittaker’s effect on the business: “When Steve joined, the company was only 6 months down the line from being in administration. He is a big character and he rallied everyone.

“He was just what the company needed at the time. It is back making money now and is stable.”

Bidmead advised that Whittaker may still help out on some projects in the short term.

Looking forward, he commented: “Now Holmes needs someone to take it to the next level, and we believe that Steve Parkin is that man.”

Parkin joined the company in October and had a 2 week handover period with Whittaker to ensure a smooth transition.

Parkin’s background is from outside the catering equipment industry. His roles include the operations director job at family business Francis Brown Fabricators, plus the MD of rotary valve manufacturer, Rota Val and engineering manufacturing firm, Micro Metalsmiths (now called Sylatech).

Bidmead detailed that Parkin’s appointment is intended to be long term, and this should be made easier as he lives in the local area.

“Steve Parkin’s knowledge of fabrications, stainless steel and joinery is very strong, and he has run many factories before,” said Bidmead.

“We believe Holmes has great potential and we want it to be even bigger than it is. It will now be able to transition from a smaller workshop outfit to a large manufacturer.”