arborough catering firm growing places

From left, senior project co-ordinator at William Davis Ltd Paul Watkins, suveyor Amanda Lawrence of Budworth Hardcastle and managing director of Select Catering Solutions Paul Armstrong moving into his new unit at Airfield Business Park
From left, senior project co-ordinator at William Davis Ltd Paul Watkins, suveyor Amanda Lawrence of Budworth Hardcastle and managing director of Select Catering Solutions Paul Armstrong moving into his new unit at Airfield Business Park

A family-run business which specialises in the distribution of catering disposables and food packaging is enjoying growth after expanding its office and warehouse space in Market Harborough.

Select Catering Solutions took on a second unit at Airfield Business Park, on the A6 on the town’s outskirts, in the autumn.

Since then, it has been able to create a dedicated building for its Caffe Carrara brand and consolidate all distribution from the second unit.

It made a concerted effort to minimise disruption during the changeover, and managing director Paul Armstrong has positive expectations for 2015.

He said: “Before the move, we were running at our maximum from our current premises so taking the second unit was critical as it enabled us to deal with our Christmas orders from the additional space. Now, our local customers and clients are taking full advantage of being able to collect products from our trade counter, especially on a Friday afternoon if they have forgotten to get their orders in ahead of the weekend rush.

“In addition, the move has enabled us to create two new jobs, one in senior sales and the other in the warehouse, so the year has already started on a positive note.

“With the additional space, we can now realise ambitions to increase our product portfolio and steadily expand.”

Developers Willam Davis Ltd, which built the business park, said there are two industrial units remaining at the site. They are 4,467sq ft and 6,017sq ft.

Property firm Budworth Hardcastle advised the catering firm on the move.

Mr Armstrong added: “Our hope for Caffe Carrara is that it will become a brand that is synonymous with Harborough. We will be developing a coffee school into a larger educational centre to cover topics such as coffee farming, processing and roasting.

“We also hope it will give us the opportunity to host events such as the National Barista Championships.”