Worcestershire-based Sprint Group is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2019.
The distributor was established by David Ryan in 1994 when he borrowed £1,000 to buy his first pallet of bottle coolers.
Back then, Sprint was a one-man operation. Now the group employs more than 70 staff and turns over £16m.
Although the business has enjoyed exponential growth in the past few years, Sprint believes it has remained true to the values and ethos that Ryan set out on day one. For Ryan, the name ‘Sprint’ said it all – the business had to be able to deliver on customers’ needs, quickly.
Today, with 15,000ft2 of warehousing holding over £750,000 of stock, a fleet of trucks and a team of experienced, directly-employed drivers, Sprint feels it is better placed than ever to provide a responsive service. That stock includes a variety of loan units to ensure business-critical equipment is always available.
Ryan’s sons, Ross and Luke, are now at the helm, supported by co-directors Tom Bartley-Smith, Ian Bryant and Tony Dickinson.
Ross said: “We’re massively proud of the business Dad built. Sprint has a fantastic reputation for designing, installing and maintaining some of the best kitchens in the industry. Our success is all down to the quality of what we do.”
Luke added: “It’s great that Sprint has been recognised with numerous awards over the years. Most recently, we were named Multi-Site Project Kitchen House of the Year at the Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards, thanks in no small part to our work at Caprice Holdings’ flagship Annabel’s site.”
Sprint has recently bolstered its sales team with new recruits Steve Murray, Viv Gude and Steve Leeder. The group has also hired Ian Jones as head of service and invested nearly £200,000 in a bespoke software package for the business, which Tom Bartley-Smith sees as a clear signal of intent:
“Sprint is a fast-moving business with a reputation for innovation that has kept us ahead of the pack for the past quarter century.
“Over the coming months, we’ll be rolling out our new system, which will take us right to forefront of service delivery. We have always offered something genuinely different in the market, and we anticipate unprecedented growth over the next few years as more and more customers switch on to that.”