Refrigeration provider scales up after buy-out

Chris Birch and Martyne Manning, Swift Maintenance Services

A West Midlands refrigeration installation and maintenance company has been bought out – securing existing jobs and creating four new posts all within the first eight months of new ownership.

Swift Maintenance Group has added Huntley Refrigeration, based in Coventry, to its portfolio of companies that also includes Knight Catering, Swift Maintenance Services and Swift Ventilation Services.

Following the takeover, Swift has invested in the growth of the established business by appointing additional staff – including the firm’s first ever female refrigeration engineer, new vehicles and equipment for the team as well as moving the entire team over from a paper-based job allocation and control system to a fully computerised version.

The company has been assisted by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s business support team through the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme.

Part of that support included a £10,000 grant, through Coventry City Council, to assist the company in its growth.

Chris Birch, Swift Group managing director (pictured with Martyne Manning), said: “We saw Huntley Refrigeration as a perfect fit for our group of companies as The Swift Group is a select group of companies that were all originally owner managed and had reached a growth ceiling. New management systems and controls have been put in place but we have kept the personal feel of a family run business of more than 40 years.

“We have already made significant investment to safeguard jobs, create new ones and to furnish the new members of the team with vehicles and equipment they need to carry out their work in a much more efficient and timely manner.

Birch said the support and grant from the Chamber had been “invaluable”, allowing it to invest and grow Huntley Refrigeration more quickly.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, in partnership with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the District and Borough Councils.

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