JLA Group Further Strengthens its Catering Division

JLA Group has announced its acquisition of two further catering businesses, Newco Catering Equipment and Comcat Engineering.

These latest moves mark JLA’s sixth and seventh catering acquisition in two years as part of the growth strategy for their JLA Catering division.

Newco, based in Coventry, have been trading since 2003 and are a leading provider in the servicing and supply of catering equipment across a broad range of market sectors. Their outstanding reputation has been built on the quality of service they provide to their customers along with the fact they have more specialist engineers per square mile than any other provider in the Midlands.

Comcat, with offices in Inverness and Aberdeen, have been providing high quality repair, installation and maintenance services to the commercial catering industry across north Scotland for over 15 years.

Alongside JLA’s existing UK-wide team of sales consultants and engineers, Newco and Comcat’s expertise and experience will further enhance the customer offer and service response. The move also means customers will benefit from a 40% increase in dedicated catering engineers reinforcing JLA’s position as the largest independent commercial catering equipment supply and service specialist in the UK.

Stephen Baxter, JLA Group CEO, explains “We were attracted to both of these businesses because of the expertise they have, the regard they are held in and the people that have made them successful. They will complement our catering division perfectly and allow us to further strengthen our engineer coverage and service to our rapidly growing customer base.”

JLA Catering has broken the mould of the catering industry by offering Total Care, a unique all-inclusive package that includes market-leading equipment and fully comprehensive service and breakdown cover for a simple monthly payment. With no capital expenditure needed and an engineer response guarantee the concept is proving popular with customers.

Kirk Whitehead, Head of Catering at JLA, explains “Total Care gives our customers the peace of mind that they’ll never have to pay for another repair bill and never have to wait for an engineer to turn up. In a busy kitchen environment these are the things that make a difference.”