Catering Insight – EXCLUSIVE: Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment’s Overhaul Leadership Team

Everything is changing at the top for Stevenage-based distributor Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment as MD Colin Barden has retired from the business after more than 5 years in his role.

Sales Manager Paul Gilhooly said Overview of restoration“Colin has been a transformative leader for the business, overseeing and delivering a number of significant projects, including the complete refurbishment/rebuild of our facilities in Stevenage.

“Following the easing of Covid restrictions by the government and the hotel industry getting back on its feet, Colin is leaving Gratte Brothers at the right time for him and the business, having achieved everything he had planned and is leaving. therefore in the best conditions.

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“Having left the company in such a positive and excited place for the future, we are actively recruiting a new MD from the market who can carry on the legacy of Gratte Brothers.”

In the interim, Gilhooly will lead the distributor, supported by Natasha Baker, Director of Services and Operations and Paul Bradley, Director of Design and Projects.

Gilhooly detailed: “Natasha, Paul and I have a combined 60 years of service not only in the industry but also with Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment and so the business remains in the safest of hands.”

At the same time, the family business has shaken up its board of directors to bring out the next generation of Gratte.

According to Gilhooly: “Gratte Brothers has always been a heritage company and proud of its family ownership and how those values ​​influence our corporate culture. Therefore, we are very happy to announce at the same time that while the second generation of the Gratte family will remain in the company and on the board of directors of the group, there comes a moment of change and of passing on the baton to the generation next. of leadership within the Gratte Brothers group.

“After 12 months of transformation, the third generation of the Gratte family has officially taken over. Gratte Brothers Group will now be led by David Gratte, Group Chief Executive; Steve Gratte, group risk director; and Chris Bass, Group Sales Director, and we ask that you join us in welcoming the third generation.

“We are excited to work together and see what Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment will achieve in the years to come with the full support of the Gratte Brothers Group Board of Directors. »

He concluded: “Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment will always remain a market-leading provider of commercial catering facilities with the same reputation for service excellence that it has always had and we are delighted with what this new era will bring to this company. We are excited to start working on new opportunities as well as delivering our biggest project to date, which will wrap up this summer.

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