Victor Manufacturing celebrates 75th anniversary

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Victor MD Phil Williams feels that his company has overcome a number of economic challenges to thrive.

Foodservice and retail equipment supplier, Bradford-based Victor Manufacturing, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month.

For more than seven decades Victor has specialised in the manufacture and supply of foodservice equipment for moving, storing or holding hot and cold food for a wide range of organisations.

Now run by MD, Phil Williams – who took over the business as part of a management buyout earlier this year – Victor started out in 1944 manufacturing steel paint cans and tea towel dryers.

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With the growth of the hospitality industry in the 1960s, the company diversified to produce hot cupboards and other serving equipment.

Victor weathered the storm of the recession in 2013, growing its turnover by 37%, earning the manufacturer a commendation by the London Stock Exchange, before continuing its success into 2017 with the opening of two new facilities in Bradford.

Speaking about the landmark anniversary, Williams said: “Since its inception more than 70 years ago, Victor has overcome a number of economic challenges to thrive and grow to become one of the leading catering equipment manufacturers in the industry.

“Having been with the company for 20 years, I’m extremely proud to witness the business reach this impressive milestone, which is thanks to our innovative product offering, unrivalled customer service and renowned reputation within the marketplace, all of which we’ve worked incredibly hard to achieve.

“The future looks bright for Victor – after increasing turnover to £9m, we have ambitious plans to continue this success with the aim of growing annual revenues to £20m over the next 5 years.”

Victor specialises in the manufacture and supply of foodservice equipment to some of the UK’s largest companies and groups in a variety of sectors, including education, care, public sector, hospitality, contract catering and retail. The firm employs 120 staff over three facilities in Bradford.

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