As the adage goes: ‘not all heroes wear capes’, and this can certainly be used to describe Lakes Catering Maintenance’s director, Leigh Howard. Based in Cumbria, he has ensured his local company has rescued many regional restaurants and catering facilities from disasters of one kind or another.
Following the floods of 2016, he worked tirelessly to ensure that he and his team helped sites such as Dutton’s Cuisine-owned outlet, the Miller Howe Café in Grasmere, and the Wateredge Inn in Ambleside get back on their feet – all while keeping prices charitably low. Even this year he and his team overhauled Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s kitchen following a fire.
He was a joint Director of the firm for the past 5 years and then stepped up last year to buy out the previous Director. During that time the turnover has increased year on year by an amazing 35%, proving that he is putting the distributor on the right track.
Leigh is continuing pushing Lakes forward, as he has just overseen the refreshment of its corporate image and website. Furthermore, he trained himself in kitchen design, investing in Autokitchen 3D design software, and signed Lakes up to CaterQuotes.
Additionally he has ensured that the company has invested in developing the skills and experience of the team. It’s a strategy which is working, as his industry colleagues acknowledge the time and energy he has put into this small business, with a strong ethos in service. Peers describe him as “a really nice guy and always a pleasure to deal with”.
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Company: Lakes Catering Maintenance
Address: Unit 4, Moss End Business Village, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7NU
Tel: 01539 724 506