Catering equipment rivals invite industry colleagues to join walking initiative

Two catering equipment competitors behind a health and wellbeing initiative are inviting members of the industry to join them in a walk that takes in one of the Peak District’s most breathtaking routes next month. 

Celltherm’s James Connolly and Foster Refrigerator’s Steve Holland, along with a number of other industry colleagues, plan to walk an 8.5 mile route that starts out from Mam Tor near Castleton at 10am on Saturday 10 February.

They hope the walk will lead to a regular nationwide event that brings the industry together in the name of promoting health and wellbeing.

The idea for the initiative sprung out of a conversation the pair had at an industry event two years ago, which led to them concluding that they “spend far too much time in the bar”. They made it their mission to find a healthier way for the industry to meet and network.

“Common ground is what binds most of our industry together and we tend to meet with a lot of industry colleagues and friends regularly,” explained Mr Connolly. “You discover a lot of mutual interests and ideas – walking, hiking and a love of the outdoors are among those for quite a few of us.”

The pair will be joined on next month’s walk by Hepburn Design Associates’ Duncan Hepburn and Archer Catering Systems’ Nick Archer, an avid walker who will lead the group having completed the route before.

One of Mr Archer’s best friends passed away suddenly last year and he is using the walk to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in tribute. Donations can be made here.

The trek on February 10 is graded as ‘moderate’ and will reach a height of 1,696 feet high at the summit.

“It should be within the realms of the majority of people given the defined route and a proper walking track, but we will wait for everyone and break into groups according to the pace that is set on the day,” said Mr Connolly.

Foster’s Mr Holland added that the group would like to see it become a regular event nationwide with a different kitchen house, manufacturer or even a consultant organising a walk in their own local area.

“Overall we think it would be a great event and the major industry bodies of CEDA, CESA, ENSE, CEDABOND and FCSI have voiced their support, which is great. I am looking to lead the next walk myself soon, in my local area, followed by James, Duncan and anyone else who wishes to get involved,” he commented.

Anybody wishing to join in next month’s walk can get the full itinerary and sign up by emailing



  1. Steve Loughton said:

    Great initiative and well done all.
    With a bit more notice I would have joined you.
    Good luck.

  2. Steve Waterworth said:

    Walking is always a good social event to bring people together. Well done James and Steve plus Duncan and Nick for leading.

    A bit out of my area to join in on the 10th of February, but as I enjoy walking regularly in the North East I will try and get along to any event in my area, keep fit and raise some money for a charity at the same time as getting to know some of my industry colleagues a little better.



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