Stockport-based catering equipment distributor, Stephensons, has secured a contract with independent family brewer, Hydes.

The contract will see Stephensons supply everything from crockery to disposables to 32 Hydes pubs in the local area, and comes at a successful period for both businesses.

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Stephensons expanded its premises last year following a period of growth, with turnover exceeding £10.7m.

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Hydes also experienced impressive growth, thanks in part to a £6.5m acquisition of Woodward and Falconer Pubs Co.

Henry Stephenson, MD at Stephensons, said: “We are delighted to be working with such an esteemed brewery.

“Both Hydes Brewery and Stephensons are family-owned companies with rich histories dating back to the 1860s, so the partnership seems like the perfect fit.”

Bob Brooks, operations manager at Hydes Brewery, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to forge a partnership between two successful North West businesses.

“We very much look forward to working with Stephensons, and we hope this signals the start of a strong and long-lasting relationship.”