Steelite International Under New Ownership

Steelite International Under New Ownership

Steelite International, leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the catering and hospitality industry, have been acquired by John Miles and PNC Riverarch Capital.

John Miles has been appointed as CEO of Steelite International, “Having worked in the business for twenty years and served as president of the Americas division for the past eleven years, it fills me with immense pride to have made this personal investment alongside PNC Riverarch.

“Steelite International is known as the leader in the hospitality tableware industry and our goal is to continue that leadership through the introduction of new, creative and innovative products. We will continue the investment in the manufacturing sector to improve efficiencies, service levels and provide value added to our customers. I look forward to working with our management team to grow and improve the business.”

Michael Rost, Managing Director of PNC Riverarch, commented, “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with John Miles and Steelite. The company’s focus on product quality, innovation, and customer service has driven strong brand recognition and attractive financial performance.”

As a result of the acquisition, Former Steelite CEO Kevin Oakes has acquired Royal Crown Derby after a 39 year tenure at Steelite International.

Kevin Oakes said, “Steelite International has been my life’s work and I am honoured to have been part of such a committed and passionate team. I firmly believe that Steelite International is the best in the world and the people, products and company values are testament to this collective success.

“I now look forward to an exciting future working with Steelite International who will represent Royal Crown Derby in the hospitality market.”

Henry Stephenson, Managing Director of Stephensons catering equipment suppliers, said, “We have a fantastic relationship with Steelite and look forward to a prosperous future with them.

“I would especially like to thank Kevin Oakes and say what a fantastic job he has done at Steelite. Kevin has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him every success with Royal Crown Derby.”

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Christmas Catering Equipment Opening Times and Delivery Information

Christmas Catering Equipment Opening Times and Delivery Information

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  • Stephensons 2015 Christmas and New Year opening times
  • Nationwide New Year and Christmas catering equipment delivery information
  • Great value champagne flutes for New Year celebrations
  • Stephensons catering equipment suppliers

Christmas presents the busiest and most frantic time of year for restaurants, bars, pubs and all other catering and hospitality businesses. To help your Christmas run as smoothly as possible, we have released our 2015 Christmas opening hours and delivery information.

Stephensons will be open during the times listed below. We are closed between Christmas Day and 28th December but reopen before New Year, should you require any essential catering equipment before the turn of 2016. We are closed on New Year’s Day but resume normal working hours from Saturday 2nd January.

2015 Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Monday 21st Dec   9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 22nd Dec   9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 23rd Dec   9am – 5:30pm
Thursday 24th Dec (Xmas Eve)
(Cash & Carry open til 4pm)
  9am – 2:00pm
Friday 25th Dec (Xmas Day)   CLOSED
Saturday 26th Dec (Boxing Day)   CLOSED 
Sunday 27th Dec   CLOSED 
Monday 28th Dec (Bank Holiday)   CLOSED 
Tuesday 29th Dec   9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 30th Dec   9am – 5:30pm
Thursday 31st Dec (NYE)   9am – 2pm
Friday 1st Jan (New Years Day)   CLOSED 
Saturday 2nd Jan   9:30am – 3pm
Sunday 3rd Jan   CLOSED 
Monday 4th Jan open as usual   9am – 5:30pm

christmas side bannerTo ensure Christmas delivery of stocked items, we request all orders be placed by 3pm on Tuesday 22nd December. Orders for New Year should be completed by midday on Tuesday 29th to ensure delivery by 31st December.

As usual, we will dispatch orders as complete as possible before Christmas (or your requested date). In the unlikely event that this isn’t possible, we will contact you at the earliest opportunity to make alternative arrangements.

For customers who need immediate delivery on Christmas catering equipment, our Available Now Christmas Range features Christmas crackers, party ware, napkins and more. Although all other departments will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve, our cash & carry will be open until 4pm for any last minute purchases.

Meanwhile, we are currently offering Savoie champagne flutes at just 39p each! These flutes are great for New Year parties, meals and celebrations. At that price, can you afford not to get them?

For any further enquiries, please contact our customer services on 0161 483 256.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Stephensons. We look forward to continued success with you in the new year.

Stephensons Present Cheshire Life Food & Drink Award

Stephensons Present Cheshire Life Food & Drink Award

  • Stephensons catering equipment suppliers sponsored the Dining Pub of the Year Award
  • Award ceremony at Midland Hotel, Manchester
  • 3 excellent nominations: The Alvanley Arms (Cotebrook), The Dog (Over Peover) and, the winner, The Fox & Hounds (Sproston)
  • Special thanks to Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life for organising another superb eventHenry Cheshire Life Awards

For the 5th consecutive year, Stephensons sponsored the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards with our own category, Dining Pub of the Year. Established in 1868, we have a rich history of providing catering equipment to Cheshire’s pubs and our sponsorship of the Dining Pub of the Year is strongly influenced by our heritage and passion for the pub industry.

The shortlist for the Dining Pub of the Year consisted of 3 superb nominations: The Alvanley Arms, The Dog and The Fox & Hounds.

All 3 pubs serve exceptional food and each would have been a worthy winner of the award.

The Alvanley Arms is a characterful 400 year old coaching inn in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. You can always be sure of a warm welcome and excellent food at this Cotebrook-based inn where pub classics are served alongside seafood and grill menus.

The Dog sits in the bosom of Over Peover and provides a friendly haven for locals and visitors alike. With a traditional Sunday roast to put a smile on anyone’s face, The Dog features classic pub food and seasonal specials prepared fresh from their kitchen every day.

Finally, the Dining Pub of the Year Winner, The Fox & Hounds have a strong emphasis on local ingredients. With close attention paid to quality produce, this pub serves locally sourced steak, sustainable seafood from West Coast Fisheries and even ice cream from a nearby manufacturer for an authentic Cheshire experience.

Congratulations to The Fox & Hounds and thank you to Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life for holding another wonderful award ceremony. See you next year!Villeroy-Boch-Affinity Catering Equipment

Stephensons Managing Director, Henry Stephenson, has featured on the Catering Insight Power List of 2015

Stephensons Managing Director, Henry Stephenson, has featured on the Catering Insight Power List of 2015

The Catering Insight Power List 2015 selects the top 50 influencers in the catering industry today. Featuring in the category of Industry Innovators, Henry Stephenson has been recognised as ‘setting benchmarks in the pursuit of professional excellence.’Catering Insight Power List Catering Hospitality Stephensons

Henry said, “It’s great for Stephensons to be recognised as an innovative catering equipment supplier. We strive to supply products that are up to date so we can lead the way when it comes to innovation.

“However, we also have strong links to the past. Being almost 150 years old, Stephensons have a rich and illustrious history and we are proud to provide a mixture of both traditional and contemporary equipment. We have a strong ethos about not resting on our laurels and are always looking to improve.”

Identified for being pioneering and inventive, Stephensons are described as having a ‘high-tech Stockport warehouse, which Henry expanded by 10,000 square feet, processing over 10,000 product lines; 4,000 of them in stock at any one time. This facility is the foundation of HG Stephenson’s ecommerce business, which acts as a 24-hour shop for everything from ice trays to oven ranges.’

Henry said, “We are proud of our cash & carry and it gives customers the chance to physically see, touch and feel our vast range of catering equipment. We carry an extensive and diverse range of stock and our friendly staff have unparalleled expertise.”

Visit our blog page for the latest Stephensons and catering industry updates.

Related story: Crockery For Cuisines With Cash & Carry Manager, Aaron.Stephensons catering Equipment Suppliers, Stockport Manchester

Stephensons Cash & Carry Manager, Aaron, responds to British demands for a more diverse range of foods by suggesting which crockery suits which cuisine.

Find out which cuisines Brits would like to see more of, which crockery you should use to serve Italian food, which colourful crockery is best for a vibrant Carribean cuisine and much more.

Stephensons employee to play in Stockport RUFC first team

Stephensons employee to play in Stockport RUFC first team

Stephensons employee makes first team at Stockport Rugby Union Football Club.

Sean Gill, picker and driver at Stephensons catering equipment suppliers, will be making his Stockport first team debut this Saturday as Prop in an away clash against Stourbridge.

Sean has been playing at Stockport for 21 years, originally playing for the under six team and will be playing in Stockport’s first team this weekend.

As the first team shirt sponsor we’re particularly proud that one of our colleagues has made the first team at Stockport Rugby Union Football Club.

We’d like to wish Sean the very best of luck with his first team debut and the rest a the of team for this weekend’s game.



Stephensons suck it up at JW Lees Annual Golf Day

Stephensons suck it up at JW Lees Annual Golf Day

Stephenson’s golf team came out short at this year’s JW Lees Annual Charity Golf Day.

From previous champions to a bitter loss, this year’s team came out flat on what has been described as ‘an-off day’ by team captain, Steve Jordan.

The Major took place at Manchester Golf Club yesterday and saw talent from across the region come together in search of golf glory.

For Stephenson’s, though, it wasn’t meant to be. The Board of Directors are said to be in talks ahead of next year’s meet on the green.

In a post match interview with, Bradley Duncan, a key player in the team during the glory days, commented that this year’s team “talked a good game.”

He added, “there are no easy games in the JW Lees Major. There’s a lot of competition in the field, this year’s team will have to suck it up and take it on the chin.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow for all of us. I’m not one to point fingers but let’s just say we’ll be pulling out all of the stops next year, we are playing for our pride.”

During the long journey home Team Captain, Steve Jordan, was said to be looking on the bright side and considering his consolation prize of 12 new golf balls – leaving him just two short after 14 were lost during the game.