Business Action | February / March 2020


February / March 2020 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

This issue includes the Business Action Awards 2020, North Devon's independent business awards.


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Independent food firm expands UK reach

Family-owned food

wholesaler Philip Dennis

Foodservice has invested £1.5

million in a new transport

and warehousing depot in the

West Midlands.

With depots in the South

West, Oxfordshire and

Midlands, the business has

invested heavily in its infrastructure

and people over the

last year to support its ambitious

growth plans.

The purchase of the new

premises on Shaw Road,

Dudley comes as the company

is seeing a significant increase

in its foodservice business

particularly across pubs,

restaurants, hotels, schools

and coffee shops.

Lisa Vermeulen, Philip

Dennis Foodservice regional

sales manager for the

Midlands, says: “This is a very

exciting time for the business.

Ilfracombe-based TDK-

Lambda UK was named Tech

Company of the Year at the

recent Tech South West Awards

2019, which celebrate the

region’s fastest growing sector.

TDK-Lambda won the

award in the category for

companies with a revenue of

more than £5 million per year,

beating competition from

fellow finalists Amdaris and

Open Bionics.

The company was

commended for its commitment

to developing its

Ilfracombe facility. Following

recent investment, the site has

a £1.2 million EMC centre,

which enables the company to

carry out essential EMC testing

in-house in order to provide

customers with an even more

comprehensive service. The

Philip Dennis Foodservice’s Midlands sales team: (from left)

Jacob McCathie, Kim Smith, John Bateman, Lisa Vermeulen and Steve Redding

We’ve invested heavily in this

new depot as we’ve seen a

large increase in demand for

Philip Dennis products within

the area. The business has

experienced rapid growth in

recent years, and we wanted

company has also recently

invested in new equipment,

including a state-of-the-art

Yamaha 3D optical inspection

a base in the West Midlands

that would allow us to offer an

increased level of service to

our customers.”

The location of the new

premises also offers easier

access for the company’s

Award win for manufacturer

Tech Company of the Year 2019: (from left) Martin Coates, engineering project

manager and Alex Knill, product performance manager, TDK-Lambda UK

system, to further enhance

product quality.

Geoff Wilby, managing

director at TDK-Lambda UK,

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distribution fleet. Philip

Dennis Foodservice logistics

manager Lyndon Didlock

adds: “We’re always looking

to improve the level of our

delivery service and with the

central location of the new

depot we can now manage our

fleet much more effectively.”

Philip Dennis Foodservice

is a member of the Caterforce

buying group and supplies

a full range of foodservice

products including groceries,

frozen and chilled food, as

well as a range of non-food

items such as cleaning solutions

and environmentally

friendly food cartons. It also

offers bespoke butchery and

fishmonger services through

its Dennis Family Butchers

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says: “We are honoured to

receive this award, and see it as a

testament to the work we’ve put

into developing our operations.

In the past year, we have made

significant investments not only

in new technology but also in

our facilities, for example, by

installing 90kW solar panels to

improve sustainability.

“We have also been

actively involved with local

STEM initiatives, such as the

recently announced South

West Institute of Technology,

to help nurture future talent

for the local industries. The

technology landscape in the

South West is seeing rapid

development, and we are

proud to be part of this vibrant


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