History of Gambles

Take a look at the history of Gambles..

1947

 

Founded

Founded as the Gamble Group by Gerard Gamble, the company was first a distributor of earthenware to the hotel and catering trade, after which the product range was extended to other tableware, including LV glassware. 

01/04/1947

1960

 

Established Supplier

In the 1960's, the company already established as a supplier to the trade as well as end users, started supplying capital catering equipment to the UK contract caterers, including Sutcliffe Catering, Midland Catering and Bateman Catering. 

01/01/1960

1976

 

Appointment of Managing Director

In 1976, Richard Gamble, Gerard's son, was appointed Managing Director. 

01/01/1976

1980

 

Leading UK distributors

In the 1980's the company went from strength to strength. During this time the Gamble Group became the leading UK distributor of Zanussi Catering Equipment and Falcon Catering Equipment, winning their UK distributor of the year award four consecutive years.

01/01/1980

1984

 

Wholesale Catering Equipment

In 1984, the Gamble Group launched a new company, Wholesale Catering Equipment, to supply smaller distributors across England with a full range of capital and sundry equipment. 

01/01/1984

1990

 

Largest Independent Distributor

By 1990, the Gamble Group was the largest independent distributor of catering equipment in the UK, and the main supplier to many multi-national companies including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Burger King and SSP, the airport caterers.

By this point, the UK market was increasingly demanding American catering equipment, so the Gamble Group reached an agreement with Imperial in California to distribute their products exclusively throughout the UK. 

01/01/1990

1999

 

Imperial Products

In 1999, demand for Imperial products was such that the division became a limited company and renamed Imperial Catering Equipment LTD, at the same time reinforcing its policy of supplying only to distributors. The company moved to a warehouse facility in Rearsby, Leicestershire as part of the expansion. 

01/01/1999

2004

 

Market and Distribution of other brands

In 2004, the company moved to a larger facility in Loughborough and soon afterwards was asked to market and distribute the Hatco range throughout the UK. 

The Montague range of prime cooking equipment and the FWE range of hot holding and warming equipment were soon added to the portfolio. 

28/05/2004

2013

 

Distribution of MKN, Ovention and Vacmaster

In 2013, Imperial reached a partnership agreement to distribute MKN combination ovens to distributors, also securing exclusive agency agreements with Ovention and Vacmaster. 

01/01/2013

2014

 

Name change

In 2014, Imperial Catering Equipment became Gamble Foodservice Solutions, continuing to supply equipment through bona fide catering equipment distributors. 

01/01/2014

2015

 

Moved premises

In 2015, Gamble Foodservice Solutions relocated to Rearsby, Leicestershire and opened our state of the art showroom and demo kitchen. 

25/11/2015

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