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Total Foodservice reaches fourth generation

Total Foodservice has handed over to the fourth generation of the family that established the firm back in the 1920’s as Simon Howarth, deputy managing director, is taking over the reins of the business as the current managing director David Pratt retires.

George Henry Howarth, Simon’s great grandfather, set up the business almost a century ago as a fruit preserver distributing to retail outlets in the Huddersfield area. The business now employs 110 people and has an annual turnover of £15million.

Simon said: “The heritage of our business is a source of great pride. To become the fourth member of my family to lead the business has been a lifelong goal and I’m looking forward to the Challenges this will bring to ensure profitable business for our customers and ourselves for many years to come.”

“I’d like to thank David for the exceptional drive he has shown in leading the business over the past 16 years. He will be sorely missed.”

In 1990, David joined Howarth Catering Services, as the business was then known, after 25 years of working in various wholesalers in South Wales. He was elected to the board as commercial director in 1992, and became managing director in 1996.

“My time at Total Foodservice has been the most exciting, challenging and enjoyable years of my career. I can leave the firm in the secure knowledge it is at its most successful to date and will continue to grow under the leadership of Simon and the whole Board.

“I’d like to thank all of the colleagues, suppliers and customers I have worked with, past and present, for their friendship and support, and I wish Simon and the team all the success they deserve.”

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