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

Sprint Group managing director Tom Bartley-Smith and sales director Ian Bryant with Andrew Seymour, editor of Foodservice Equipment Journal at the FEJ Awards 2018. Sprint was named Multi-Site Kitchen Project House of the Year.

The inspirational story of Sprint Group combines hard work, self-belief, determination, discipline – and the value of spotting an opportunity.

It all began in 1994 when David Ryan set up the company with just £1,500 – which left little room for mistakes or immediate massive expansion.

Working to a tight budget encouraged good discipline and allowed the company to grow organically. With vast experience of the refrigeration sector, David worked from 7am to midnight every day to achieve success and small steps soon turned into giant strides.


Sprint Group founder David Ryan.

After two years, Sprint progressed to supplying catering equipment and eventually to providing complete commercial kitchens and bars.

During our rapid growth, the Sprint mission has always remained the same – to provide a high standard of service and quality products at extremely competitive prices.

In 2014, our 20th year in business, we expanded our current headquarters on Racecourse Road Industrial Estate in Pershore to accommodate more warehouse and office space.

We’re proud to have received plaudits from within the industry. David Ryan, who passed away in 2017, was an Industry Innovator in the 2012 Catering Insight Hot 100, Ross Ryan was named a Young Trailblazer in the Catering Insight Power List 2015 and Becky Webley was an Unsung Hero in the Catering Insight Power List 2016.

In 2018, Sprint Group was named Multi-Site Project Kitchen House of the Year at the Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards and managing director Tom Bartley-Smith was among five outstanding Business Leaders in the Catering Insight Power List.

Our design and installation projects for Brasserie Blanc and the new Annabel’s in London were the subjects of articles in Catering Insight and Foodservice Equipment Journal and our work has also been featured by local, regional and business media including BBC Hereford and Worcester and the Worcester News.

To find out more about our design and installation service or maintenance contracts, call 01386 555922 or email us at