Precision Refrigeration boss Nick Williams paid tribute to the staff, dealer partners and customers that have played a part in the company’s growth as it marked its tenth anniversary with a special celebratory dinner in London last night.
Many of Precision’s top dealer customers from around the UK joined the refrigeration manufacturer and members of its team at French restaurant Orrery on Marylebone High Street, where Williams took to the mic to reflect on the company’s journey and where it is today.
“Last year we produced 7,000 units and that got us a turnover of around £15m, which wouldn’t be possible without all your support,” he told guests.
Williams said Precision employs 150 people across its operations in the UK, Middle East and Australia, and runs factories in the UK and China. Export now accounts for 40% of orders, illustrating the success it has had building the brand abroad.
Williams expressed his gratitude to his colleagues for their hard work, as well as the support of his family, who were all present.
His father Mike, who famously worked for Foster and went on to set up Williams Refrigeration before selling the business to Aga Foodservice Equipment (subsequently acquired by Ali Group in 2007), served as his inspiration for working in the industry, but he joked that he had left him with “two of the toughest competitors around!”.
Williams, who was presented with a caricature portrait of himself (main image) by regional sales manager Kandie Harrison, said he often got asked whether he was trying to repeat exactly what his father had done in the industry, but that his honest answer was ‘no’ and that he simply remained focused on developing Precision and building on its success.
The celebrations concluded with a group sing-song of ‘Happy Birthday’ as the cake was cut, but not before Tailormade’s Jim Stevens had treated attendees to a memorable rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ – fulfilling a promise to Precision sales director Tim Davis that if he got up and made a speech he would follow it up with the Neil Diamond classic!
Norfolk-based Precision produces a wide range of refrigerated equipment for commercial foodservice environments. The company is aiming to double its production output in the next two years in a bid to keep up with demand.