Crosbys Catering Equipment has scooped a public sector contract worth an estimated £500,000 per annum.
The north-east based catering equipment supplier has been appointed by Newcastle City Council to provide chemical cleaning, paper and janitorial products and was chosen from 12 local and national companies who tendered for the contract.
Newcastle City Council's two-year project marks Crosbys' largest chemical and paper contract to date, and since securing the work, Crosbys has appointed nine new employees, taking the total number of staff to 31.
Director Roger Crosby said: "We're very pleased to have secured this work with Newcastle City Council, enabling us to recruit additional staff, and to further establish our ability to source ‘behind the scenes' essentials, as well as renowned front of house products.
"We have worked on a variety of projects with this client for 20 years, but our involvement has mainly consisted of supplying tableware. This is the first time we have been chosen by Newcastle City Council to manage the supply of chemical and paper products, and we will be tendering for other local contracts of a similar nature throughout 2015."
The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has moved to bigger premises at Brough Park Way to house its growing team. It now supplies crockery, cutlery, specialist catering equipment, paper and janitorial supplies to more than 2000 customers in the North, including bars, restaurants, schools and hospitals, as well as a series of London restaurants and Michelin establishments across the UK and overseas.
Crosbys also runs a specialised van-based sales service called Chef 7, which takes catering products from the warehouse directly to time-strapped chefs in their kitchens.