Historic Sheffield catering equipment supplier to relocate its operations

I Grunwerg

Catering supplier I-Grunwerg is moving its operations to the former Franke Sissons site in Chesterfield.

The family-owned business, which has a turnover of £10m, specialises in the design and distribution of premium stainless steel chef products, cutlery, serving ware, tableware, kitchen utensils, cookware, kitchen knives and bar ware.

It will move to the Sheepbridge Industrial Estate in May 2019 once refurbishment work on the former Franke Sissons building has been completed.

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The company has received the support of the council’s economic development team to help it relocate to the area.

Owner Ben Grunwerg said: “Our main focus is stainless steel kitchen equipment and we have a particular specialism in quality kitchen knives.

“We were attracted to Chesterfield because it is next to the M1, which as a distribution business is great for us. There are good local facilities here and the fact that Chesterfield is going to get HS2 is important as a lot of our customers are based down in London.

“We were also impressed with the development plans for Chesterfield, like the Northern Gateway scheme, which show the town has a bright future.”

The company will be relocating most of its existing workforce from Sheffield to Chesterfield but expects there to be some job opportunities for Chesterfield residents next year and then further roles in the future as the company looks to expand.

Mr Grunweg added: “Half the jobs here will be warehouse roles and then in the offices we will have a full mix of staff in sales, accounting, operations, marketing, product design and graphic design.”

Refurbishment work to the former Franke Sissons building is already underway to create the company’s offices, which will incorporate a showroom, R&D facilities, testing areas and a distribution centre.

There is also space on the site where the company can expand and build additional warehouses in the future.

The move has been welcomed by Councillor Tricia Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council leader, who said: “We are really pleased that I-Grunwerg has decided to become one of our tenants on the Sheepbridge Industrial Estate. It is great that the former Franke Sissons site is back in use and providing job opportunities for Chesterfield residents.


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