Bill Moore, managing director of catering and design fit-out company IFSE, has announced his retirement.
Moore started his working life as a junior draughtsman at Benham's (later to become Stott Benham's) in 1963. The next 30 years saw him in roles with Forte & Co, Gaskell & Chambers, Oliver Toms and, during the 1980's, eight years working in the Far East, Middle East, India and Asia for Horwoods. In 1989 he moved to Servequip and was instrumental in the management buy-out that saw the creation of IFSE in 1992.
"The contracting industry has changed beyond all recognition during my career," said Moore.
"When I started out, virtually all the kitchens we designed were for industrial canteens and institutions, whereas today we are mostly engaged in projects involving corporate cafes and staff restaurants. Back of house design has become more and more demanding as the space given over to kitchens has become smaller and smaller in order for the operator to maximise the front of house sales/dining area."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the industry and will miss the many friends and colleagues with whom I have worked over the last 50 years - but I look forward to spending more time with my wife and family and brushing up on my tennis and golf!"