Spennymoor-based distributor Howell Cummings Catering Equipment has officially confirmed it is closing its doors.
Via a notice just posted on the London Gazette website, it was affirmed that a resolution was passed on 6 August 2019 that the company will be wound up voluntarily. It was not detailed why this step was taken.
The Newcastle branch of Begbies Traynor has been appointed as the joint liquidator. Catering Insight has so far been unable to reach the case manager for comment.
When contacting the Howell Cummings group by telephone this morning, Catering Insight was told the catering equipment company ceased operations in July. The group comprises joinery and modular solutions sections, as well as running Dunholm Mechanical Services.
Former catering equipment division MD Paul Surtees moved over to the joinery arm in November last year.
According to Companies House, the current directors of Howell Cummings Catering Equipment are Gemma Allison and Steven Crisp.
The overall group’s Twitter account remains active, however the catering equipment arm’s website and Facebook page have both been taken down.
Howell Cummings Catering Equipment was incorporated 2011, at which point the firm was acquired by the Halcyon Building Group, as reported by Catering Insight at the time. During that year, the distributor made sales of around £1.5m and employed eight people directly, while a number of key functions were supported by Halcyon.
The latest accounts, publicly available on Companies House, show that turnover for the 12 months to 28 February 2018 was also £1.5m, but this was 23% down on the previous year’s total of £2.0m. Likewise, operating profit had slipped by 27% from 2017’s £76k to last year’s £56k.
The firm specialised in the design, supply and installation of commercial kitchen equipment, serveries, bespoke counters and refrigeration.
Over the years it undertook some large projects, including in 2015 a £200,000 outfit of catering facilities for the first ever inland man made specialist surfing lagoon, Surf Snowdonia, located near Conwy in north Wales.
Towards the end of 2018 the company completed schemes for Durham City Rugby Club and Lear Corporation in Sunderland.
While in 2019 its slate included The Leisure Box facility in Brierfield Mill, which is operated by Burnley Football Club in the Community; Pendle Court Day Nursery in Lancashire; and catering areas at Liverpool University’s Derby Old Court.