Light equipment distributor HG Stephensons celebrated 50 years in Stockport and opened its updated showroom last week.
Julian Lewis-Booth, commercial director at Stephensons, said: “Having been based at Kennerley Works for half a century, we are proudly woven into the fabric of the Stockport community. We now employ over 100 people and are really excited to find out what the next 50 years have to offer.”
MD Henry Stephenson added: “Stephensons has always maintained a strong emphasis on innovation so we decided to modernise our showroom to keep pace with constantly evolving dining trends. The updated showroom enhances the display of our ever-increasing and diverse ranges of products.”
The catering equipment company has grown over the past 5 years, acquiring two new warehouses, building a demonstration kitchen and employing over 100 people.
The showroom was originally built in 1997 and opened by Peter Robinson of Robinson’s brewery.
Stephensons was previously based in Manchester’s Barton Arcade for 99 years and moved to Kennerley Works next to the Alma Lodge in Stockport in 1967.
The distributor is still a family business; Michael Stephenson is chairman whilst sons Henry and Julian are MD and commercial director respectively. Directors Henry Stephenson and Julian Lewis-Booth are fifth generation family members.
The showroom launch event was attended by the new Mayoress of Stockport, Linda Holt, as her first formal engagement. The Mayoress was joined by her husband and Consort Elect, Ken Holt, who also previously held the position of Mayor.
The Mayoress said: “It was a pleasure to visit Stephensons as my first formal engagement. Stephensons is a thriving family business that is flying the flag for Stockport throughout the North West and across the country.
“The history of Stephensons is extremely interesting; it is fascinating to see how the company has developed in recent years and it has ambitious plans for the future.
“On behalf of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport I congratulate Stephensons on its 50 years in Stockport and, as it approaches its 150th anniversary in business, I wish it continued success.”