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Sprint scoops prestigious industry award

Tom Bartley-Smith and Ian Bryant, Sprint Group and Andrew Seymour, FEJ

Sprint Group has been named Multi-Site Kitchen Project House of the Year at the Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards 2018.

Managing director Tom Bartley-Smith and sales director Ian Bryant were presented with the prestigious prize by FEJ editor Andrew Seymour at the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

On receiving the award, Mr Bartley-Smith said: “Our founder David Ryan passed away 12 months ago, so this award is testament to both him and our team’s ability to take the company forward.”

The citation read: “Standalone items of equipment need to be knitted together with the perfect design to deliver a winning kitchen and that’s the job of a professional kitchen house or distributor. This accolade applies to those companies that are working with multi-site users to deliver full kitchen projects encompassing everything from design and specification to installation and commissioning.

“A period of unprecedented growth saw Sprint Group crowned one of the fastest-expanding mid-sized businesses in Worcestershire following a string of prestigious catering schemes during the past 12 months.

“The company has grown its sales and service teams in order to provide enhanced project design, equipment specification and maintenance support to the growing numbers of customers it serves around the UK.

“Projects carried out for Caprice Holdings have been among some of the most technically challenging it has ever completed, while its work with high street chains such as Tortilla demonstrates its ability to efficiently manage roll-outs across multiple sites to deadline.”

There were 12 award categories overall, with five honouring the innovation, investment and expertise illustrated by equipment suppliers and seven paying tribute to the skill, hard work and judgement that operators need to demonstrate to create successful kitchen and foodservice environments.

Sprint in running for industry award

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Sprint Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for the multi-site kitchen project house of the year award at the Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards 2018.

There are 12 categories overall, with five honouring the investment, innovation and expertise illustrated by equipment suppliers and seven paying tribute to the skill, hard work and judgement that operators need to demonstrate to create successful kitchen and foodservice environments.

FEJ will be inviting the industry to vote for their winners in each category, with the results set to be announced on Tuesday, June 5 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The gala dinner and awards ceremony will take place on the first evening of Commercial Kitchen 2018.

The full shortlist has been viewed here.

Two new hires for Sprint Group sales team

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Sprint Group is continuing its expansion with the appointment of two sales managers.

Matthew Francis and Simon Dann, pictured above, have been tasked with looking after key accounts and attracting new business.

Matthew, who will focus on London and the South East, worked in magazine publishing before setting up his own company SJF Catering Equipment. He then spent 19 months with Swift Catering Equipment, working on a wide range of design and installation projects before joining Sprint Group.

Previously a national account manager with Lincat for two years, Simon has also worked for Zenith Hygiene Group and spent ten years in sales and product development roles within the motor industry.

Sprint Group sales director Ian Bryant said: “I’m delighted to welcome Matthew and Simon to the sales team. They both have vast knowledge and experience of the industry and will help to extend the company’s reach across the UK as we seek to identify new opportunities, particularly in the hotel and leisure, education and care home sectors.”

The press release and photo has appeared on the Catering Insight website. 

Sprint gets taste of high society with club project

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Sprint Group joined the A list with an installation project at a legendary members club in London’s Mayfair.

The company fitted four bespoke commercial kitchens at the new Annabel’s, spanning the Main House Grade One listed building in Berkeley Square and Hays Mews building from basement to third floor and including a preparation and laboratory area in the annexed vaulted cellars in Hays Mews.

Among the stand-out features are cooksuites built to include specific appliances for the client’s varied requirements, ten purpose built cold and freezer rooms, bespoke ventilation canopies, pizza and proving ovens and a dedicated pastry kitchen.

Sprint Group project manager Mark Chillingworth said: “This was one of the most challenging and ultimately rewarding projects I’ve ever been involved with. The whole team is delighted with the result, which illustrates our consistently high levels of expertise and customer service. During the project, we liaised closely with executive chef Julien Jouhannaud, the site project team and subcontractors to ensure that all requirements and programmed installation dates were kept to.”

The delivery and installation of the third floor kitchen involved a complicated hoist lift from ground level before the retractable glass roof covering the dining area was installed.

Paul Jenkins, purchasing director of Caprice Holdings, said: “We put our faith in Sprint to deliver this landmark project and they have exceeded our expectations. They have delivered superbly designed kitchens on time and of the highest quality.

“The Sprint team are knowledgeable, incredibly supportive and a pleasure to work with. We’d be delighted to work with them again in future.”

The project has been featured on the Foodservice Equipment Journal website, in the April 2018 issue of Catering Insight magazine and on the Catering Insight website.

The story also appeared in the May 2018 issue of Business and Innovation Magazine.

Photos by James Delin.

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Season’s Greetings from Sprint Group

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Everyone at Sprint Group HQ would like to wish our clients, suppliers and friends throughout the sector a Merry Christmas and successful 2018.

Our opening hours are:

Saturday 23rd December – Normal out of hours service

Sunday 24th December – Normal out of hours service

Monday 25th December – Christmas Day – Out of Hours Service

Tuesday 26th December – Boxing Day – Out of Hours Service

Wednesday 27th December – Normal Working Day

Thursday 28th December – Normal Working Day

Friday 29th December – Normal Working Day

Saturday 30th December – Normal out of hours service

Sunday 31st December – Normal out of hours service

Monday 1st January – New Year’s Day – Out of Hours Service

Tuesday 2nd January – Normal Working Day

If you have any queries, please call our service team on 01386 555922 or email

Ian Bryant moves up to sales director role

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Sprint Group has appointed a new sales director as part of its ambitious growth strategy.

Experienced industry professional Ian Bryant joined the company as sales manager (south) in June.

Ian, who has worked in the catering equipment sector for 20 years including seven years as sales director at The Carford Group, will head up the sales force.

“My role will include putting in place strategies for long term growth and looking at how we take the business forward,” he said.

“We are very strong in the restaurant and bar sector so I will be identifying opportunities in other areas such as hotels, leisure and care homes.”

Managing director Tom Bartley-Smith added: “Ian’s promotion is yet another positive step for the future of Sprint Group and reaffirms our commitment to delivering outstanding projects across the UK.

“We are undergoing a period of unprecedented growth and were recently named among the county’s fastest-growing mid-sized businesses in the Worcestershire Growth Barometer 2017.”

We’re hiring! Join our successful team

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Sprint Group is looking for a number of new hires nationwide to keep up with our growth and ambitious expansion plans.

We’re one of the UK’s premier catering and refrigeration equipment suppliers, serving a range of partners from the hottest new restaurants to household names with project design, equipment sales and maintenance support.

Based in Pershore, we were recently named among the top 50 of Worcestershire’s fastest-growing mid-sized businesses in the Worcestershire Growth Barometer 2017 (based on turnover growth) and were the highest placed company in Wychavon district.

We’re looking to take on new starters to grow with us and become part of the Sprint success story.

For more details and to apply, please click on the role/s you are interested in below:

Sales manager, London

Project manager (kitchens/catering), London

Catering service engineer, London

Alternatively, please call us on 01386 555922.

Sprint fit the Bill’s for mall project

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Sprint Group’s thriving relationship with contemporary European chain Bill’s continues with a recent fit out in Northamptonshire.

Our design and installation team installed a commercial kitchen and bar on time and within budget for the fast-growing chain at Rushden Lakes shopping centre.

The new Bill’s opened its doors to customers on October 23.

Previous installations for Bill’s include Worcester and Clink Street (Borough Market) in London.

If you would like Sprint Group to create your commercial kitchen or bar, please contact our sales team at

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Experienced industry professional joins Sprint

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Sprint Group is continuing its expansion with the appointment of an experienced industry professional.

New sales manager (south) Ian Bryant has two decades’ experience of the sector with The Carford Group and Brakes Catering Equipment.

“My role is to identify new opportunities across the south of England, particularly in the hotel and leisure, education and care home sectors,” said Ian, who is based in Dorset.

“I began my career at Carford knocking on doors before working my way through the ranks so I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and enthusiasm to Sprint Group.”

Managing director Tom Bartley-Smith added: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian, whose vast experience will further strengthen our team.”

Brasserie Blanc and Albert’s Schloss lift awards

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Sprint Group clients Brasserie Blanc and Albert’s Schloss were among the winners at yesterday’s Retailers’ Retailer Awards 2017.

Held at the Guildhall in London, the awards recognise the best companies, concepts and individuals in the pub, late-night bar and restaurant market. Now in their 18th year, the awards are the only ones voted for by the industry’s senior executives.

Brasserie Blanc lifted the Evolution award while Albert’s Schloss was named Best Venue.

Sprint Group installed the kitchen equipment and bar fridges at Albert’s Schloss, a Bohemian pleasure palace in Peter Street, Manchester. The kitchen has its own in-house bakery creating pretzels, cinnamon buns, sourdough loaves and waffles.

Albert’s Schloss was also among the best bar category nominees in the Manchester Evening News CityLife Awards earlier this year.

Read more about Sprint Group’s work with Brasserie Blanc here.