Kitchen ventilation specialist celebrates tenth UK anniversary with new appointment

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Chris Harper is now Jeven’s UK and Ireland sales manager.

Commercial kitchen ventilation specialist Jeven, which is part of Absolent Air Care Group, is celebrating 10 years working with UK delivery partner Cyclone Ventilation.

This 10-year milestone coincides with Jeven taking a more active approach to increase its share of the UK market with the appointment of a dedicated UK and Ireland sales manager, Chris Harper, and the launch of a new website specifically aimed at UK customers.

Harper is a former general manager for fellow Absolent Group company Multi-Fan Systems, which became part of Filtermist Systems in 2019. He played an integral role in securing and overseeing large scale industrial extraction systems for a number of companies including the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands.

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“I am delighted to have joined the Jeven team,” commented Harper. “For me personally, it is an extremely exciting time to be entering this market. Obviously, there will be challenges as the industry looks to get back on its feet following the pandemic, but there will also be opportunities as new companies emerge.

“There is also significant crossover with my previous role – most large organisations include catering facilities of some description in their production premises. The fact that Absolent Air Care Group can provide effective extraction for airborne contaminants generated in both the industrial processing side and the catering side of a facility means the customer only has to deal with one supplier – a fact widely welcomed by the building industry.

“In addition to supporting Cyclone Ventilation, I will also be leveraging my industry connections and working with Clean Air Environmental, a company I have worked extensively with in the past. This adds a new dimension to Jeven’s UK offering and we are all excited about the possibilities it will offer.”

While Jeven AB CEO, Jan Blom, commented: “The UK market is very attractive for us. There is an increasing demand for quality eateries, particularly in cities including Birmingham, Bristol and London which are all home to a significant number of Michelin-starred premises.

“Everyone recognises that the whole hospitality sector has been hit hard by Covid, but there is light at the end of the tunnel in the UK and we are confident that the pre-Covid growth trajectory which the industry was on, will be quick to return as consumers grab opportunities to eat out with friends and loved ones whenever they can.”

Jeven and Cyclone Ventilation first began working together in 2011 and since then have gone on to deliver successful installations for well-known names including Miller and Carter, Radisson Blu, Bentley Motors and Blenheim Palace.

Cyclone Ventilation’s owners, brothers Chris and Richard White, have worked in the industry for more than 20 years and 10 years respectively. Qualified commercial pilot Chris joined his father Kenneth in the family business RKW Ventilation in 1998, before forming Cyclone Ventilation in 2010 with qualified architect Richard.

RIBA member Richard’s technical capabilities mean Cyclone is able to offer a full turnkey service which includes extraction system design, specification, installation and commissioning.

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