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Hobart salutes key accounts chief for racking up 40 years of service

Hobart salutes key accounts chief for racking up 40 years of service

Hobart has paid tribute to government and key accounts manager, David Grundy, who has just reached 40 years of service at the catering equipment giant. Grundy began his Hobart career in the Nottingham branch in December 1977 as a catering specialist. He has held 10 different roles during his four decades at the company. A

Serviceline restructure sees new MD brought in to drive growth

Serviceline has appointed a new managing director after undertaking a review and reorganisation of its back-office operations, and has already made changes to improve customer service. Duncan Grocott, who joined the group as service director last year, will now lead the company’s further investment and growth strategy in driving forward its service support for the

10 champions selected in battle for National Chef of the Year

After four intensive heats, the Craft Guild of Chefs has today named the ten chefs who will battle for The National Chef of the Year title at The Restaurant Show in October. The names have been revealed after four tough heats involving 41 chef competitors and 20 judges. Young National Chef of the Year 2013

Die-Pat strengthens sales division with experienced appointment

Catering equipment supplier Die-Pat has announced a new addition to its sales team with the appointment of Mark Wilson as a national sales manager. Wilson has more than 25 years’ experience within the construction industry across the hospitality and sanitary ware sectors, working closely with architects, contractors and distributors alike. He was the retail and

Six more industry professionals awarded with CFSP accreditation

Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA, has presented awards to the latest group of CFSP (Certified Food Service Professional) alumni during The Great Hospitality Show 2017.  Six professionals were awarded the accreditation. From left, the CFSP alumni are Scott Williams of Hobart UK, Helen Eccles of Catering Partnership Ltd, Alan Tilley of Duke Manufacturing, Paul Gilmore

Carluccio’s bets on Coral boss to lead boardroom agenda

Carluccio’s has appointed Carl Leaver as its new non-executive chairman, following Simon Kossoff’s departure as chairman in July. Leaver is currently group CEO of Gala Coral where he has led the turnaround of the business, culminating in an exit for the company’s private equity shareholders through its proposed merger with Ladbrokes plc. Prior to that he was

Brexit fails to deter Luke Johnson from future restaurant investments

Britain’s impending exit from the European Union will not deter industry legend Luke Johnson from investing in UK restaurant businesses, the serial entrepreneur said yesterday. Johnson, who is chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners and best known for his involvement with Pizza Express, said that he still has an appetite for the foodservice

Industry legend Luke Johnson buys into steak chain Gaucho

Gaucho Group, the leading Argentine steak restaurant chain, has appointed industry mogul Luke Johnson as non-executive chairman.  One of the UK’s most respected entrepreneurs in the hospitality and leisure sectors, Johnson is currently chairman of Patisserie Holdings, Bread Holdings (owner of Gail’s), 3Sixty Restaurants, Feng Sushi, Draft House, Grand Union and Genuine Dining. Previously he

Coffee queen whose kit is used in 30,000 chain sites reaches business landmark

An equipment specialist who made her mark by introducing a coffee machine that is now used in over 30,000 sites across the UK, including McDonald’s and Gregg’s, has been applauded by her company for reaching 20 years’ service with the firm.   Elaine Higginson, managing director of UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, who has been