Leading pubs machines operator Bob Rudd has unveiled plans to expand the workforce at its Newcastle head office.
The decision to bring in five new people follows the opening of its new depot in Birmingham where the company has invested in extending its reach in the west Midlands.
The new intake at HQ will support the middle England activity, raising the total number of employees at Bob Rudd to circa 130.
In an interview with his local newspaper, the Newcastle Journal, managing director Nick Rudd explained: “What we are seeing in the pub market place is that a lot of entrepreneurs are buying a handful of pubs and putting an independent spin on them. We have made sure we have aligned ourselves as an independent company so we can cater for them.
“We still deal with the major brands as well, but we really have targeted what we call small to medium sized multiples.”
These developments have certainly made an impact on the company: Bob Rudd’s turnover grew six percent from £6.27m to £6.66m for the year ending May 2016 with operational profit rising 76 percent.
Diversity is also on the agenda for the company which has launched a new operation, Clear Cool, its new bar supplies brand which is expected to generate £350,000 a year.
“The main company supplies fruit machines and pool tables, but Clear Cool is back of bar supplies, such as ice makers, dish washers and bar coolers,” Rudd told the newspaper.