Counter and display manufacturer, the Alan Nuttall Partnership, is celebrating 50 years in business.

The company was set up with just £137 by the then 24-year-old former apprentice mechanical engineer, Alan Nuttall, in his garage on his wife’s birthday, 2 September 1966.

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Now employing 600 members of staff working from 1m ft2 of manufacturing, engineering and office space, the company has grown from a small display firm into a multi-million pound business, which counts top food to go operators including Costa, Crussh, Greggs and worldwide outlets of Pret A Manger amongst its customers.

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Alan Nuttall said he was very proud of the business: “There have been enormous changes within the industry over the years and many hurdles to overcome, but we have adapted and grown with these challenges to become leaders in what we do.

“I’m incredibly proud to be celebrating the first 50 years and look forward to the next chapter in our history.”

Seeing growth of 35% in the last decade, today Nuttall’s offers a range of services, including interior fit-out, design and build, signage, refrigeration, and display equipment for retail, commercial, hospitality, leisure, foodservice and public sectors.

Clients include airports and schools and universities across the UK through to premium and high street brands worldwide.

Over 50 years, Nuttall’s has picked up a number of accolades for projects, including awards for design, innovation – including the Queen’s award – and health and safety.

Foodservice solutions that are making an impact include the Flexeserve Zone heated display unit, which enables operators to hold hot food to go items for hours.

Nuttall’s has also just completed the fit-out of the food to go café area at West Ham United’s club shop at its new London stadium.

The company became an employee-owned partnership last year, with every employee becoming a partner – from joiners, sheet metal engineers, project managers and designers to support team staff – all now receiving a share of profits.