Co Antrim catering equipment firm invests £300,000 in business development

Ballymena company, Stephens Catering Equipment is investing £319,499 towards business growth and IT training with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

Invest NI offered £111,824, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), towards the development of a sustainable training and development infrastructure that will deliver measurable business improvements.

Stephens Catering Equipment Limited provides total food service solutions to the catering industry from the design and supply of equipment through to its installation and servicing.

Niall Casey, Director of Business Improvement Services at Invest NI, said: “Stephen’s Catering Equipment has experienced considerable success in recent years, particularly in markets outside Northern Ireland. This significant investment in training and development highlights the company’s drive and commitment to make fundamental improvements which will support business growth in the future.

“Training can improve efficiencies in the overall business operations. The savings made can then be channelled towards further development and allow Stephen’s Catering Equipment to maximise future export opportunities.”

Paul Caves, Managing Director of Stephens Catering Equipment, said: “With Invest NI’s support and advice we can enhance our capabilities, making improvements which save money, reduce lead times and deliver the maximum benefit to our company and employees. Through training staff and updating IT systems we can build up a strong market position to support growth and to help gain new business across the UK and Ireland.”