Catering equipment firm that was started with £137 reaches golden milestone

Employee owned counter and display specialist, Alan Nuttall Partnership, is holding two celebration events as it reaches its 50th year of operations.

The multi-million pound business whose customers include Costa, Crussh, Greggs and worldwide outlets of Pret A Manger has enjoyed a successful 50 years and saw 35% growth in the last decade.

It will mark the occasion with a celebration for staff and families in September, followed by a charity event in October hosted by comedian, Sir Lenny Henry. Lenny was an engineering apprentice before becoming famous as a stand-up and founder of Comic Relief.

It serves airports, schools and universities across the UK and has made the shortlist for November’s Retail Week Interiors Award for the installation of Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store Café & Bar at Gatwick Airport. Nuttall’s has also just completed the fit-out of the food to go café area at West Ham United’s club shop at its new London stadium.

The company now has 600 members of staff working from a million square foot of manufacturing, engineering and office space after being set up in a garage with just £137 in 1966.

Alan Nuttall, who invented the first self-serve counter system, which is still used in supermarkets today said he was very proud of the business: “There have been enormous changes within the industry over the years and many hurdles to overcome, but we have adapted and grown with these challenges to become leaders in what we do,” he said.

“I’m incredibly proud to be celebrating the first 50 years and look forward to the next chapter in our history.”

Over 50 years, Nuttall’s has picked up a number of accolades for projects, including awards for design, innovation – including the Queen’s award – and health and safety.