The Upton Group

The Upton Group Acquires Catering Supplies Business

The Upton Group has acquired a North Yorkshire catering supplies business.

Fishers Catering Supplies, York, was founded in 2006 by husband-and-wife team, Graham and Jane Fisher, who originally operated from a York market stall.

The business has been renamed Ebor Catering Supplies by Selby-based The Upton Group in recognition of its association with York and North Yorkshire.

The acquisition, which was completed for an undisclosed sum, is the company’s second, following on from York artisan coffee roasting company York Emporium in 2016.

Fishers Catering Supplies has local and national customers, generating annual turnover of more than £1m. It employed five staff, three of which have transferred to The Upton Group following the bank-funded acquisition.

John Duggleby, who became a director of Fishers in 2011, joins The Upton Group as general manager of Ebor Catering Supplies. Graham and Jane Fisher have exited the business following the sale.

Managing Director Ross MacDonald, who has become managing director of Ebor Catering Supplies, said: “This is a strategically-significant acquisition for us as Ebor Catering Supplies fits well with The Upton Group and York Emporium and the three businesses can help each other grow through contacts and introductions.

“We see John Duggleby and his team working closely alongside Laurence Beardmore at York Emporium to help the business make further inroads to Scarborough and East Yorkshire where Upton Group has a base and Ebor is well established supplying hotels, cafes, and bars.

“As well as renaming and rebranding Fishers, we plan to fully integrate the business and refresh its product lines to appeal to a wider, national audience, including supplying kitchen equipment and offering a full kitchen-fit out service.”

John Duggleby, who has joined The Upton Group board, added: “There is significant demand for what we offer and I’m very excited about the future for Ebor Catering Supplies now that we can access the resources of a larger group, with experienced sales staff and form a strategic partnership with York Emporium.”

The Upton Group has more than 80 staff and bases in Scarborough, York and Hull. It supplies systems for dispensing hot and cold drinks, confectionery and snacks, fresh foods and sandwiches, chilled water as well as artisan, hand-roasted coffees to businesses throughout the UK.

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