Eddie Moffat, the founder of E&R Moffat Catering Equipment, was recently bestowed with an award from his peers for the contribution he has made to the industry.
He was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ during the CESA conference in Northamptonshire, where he was described as an “inspiration”.
Eddie founded E&R Moffat in 1963 and the company is still based in Bonnybridge, near Falkirk. It prides itself on developing environmentally-friendly technologies under its ‘Green Thinking’ programme.
Leaving school in 1939, aged 14, Eddie began an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker with Smith and Wellstood. He served as a telegraphist and air gunner in the Fleet Air Arm in WWII, but Eddie always had the urge to start his own business, eventually setting up the company with help from his brother Reid, the ‘R’ in E&R Moffat.
Eddie, now 87, pops in once a week to get an update on what’s happening at the company, which remains family-owned, being run by his son, William who has been Managing Director for the last 20 years.
E & R Moffat now boasts 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space and employs 150 people. Next year the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.