There's a real community feel at Nisbets and if you know what direction you want your career to go in, there's a lot of opportunity to progress
Welcome to Nisbets
Here at Nisbets, we aim high and we dream big. In just 35 years, by giving our customers great service and the widest choice of quality products, we’ve become the UK’s largest catering equipment supplier, with exports to more than 100 countries.
We do this by making our customers' lives easier, supporting their businesses, creating better value and thus helping them do great things.
Our next big goal? Its our most ambitious: signifiantly growing the business both in the UK and internationally.
Its the kind of growth and success that can only be achieved with fantastic people - and we've got lots of them
Join our highly professional, dedicated and innovative team and you’ll help to keep our business growing and evolving into the future.
Together, we can do great things.Find out more
An international business
With operations in five mainland European countries, as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and China, we’re not only the UK market leader; we’re a major worldwide supplier of catering equipment. Over 2,200 people work for us around the globe, which means our international customers enjoy the Nisbets quality of service wherever they are in the world.
Hours of volunteering work
Raised for charity since 2012
Countries we export to
Our vision and values
"We’re a family business. So naturally, family values are at the heart of how we work."
Nisbets is a challenging, fast-paced and constantly changing business, so we encourage a family atmosphere, where our people work together, share their ideas and voice their opinions. They’re the ones who bring our values to life, supporting and learning from each other to keep our business moving forward.
We do great things by being Simple, Supportive and Switched on and by being open and honest to ourselves, colleagues, customers and suppliers by doing what is right, and not what is easy.
Everything we do is designed to cut out complexity and to make life more straightforward for ourselves and our customers
Our customers rely on us for their livelihoods, so we are dependable and dedicated to supporting the industry
We're experts in tools for catering and hospitality and constantly share our ideas and inspiration to help customers acheive more
A brief history of Nisbets
Andrew Nisbet starts his own business selling knives, clothing and text books to catering students.
Nisbets launches its first mail order catalogue.
Nisbets branches into wholesale by buying Red Ball and the Export team is introduced.
We open our first office outside the UK, in Cork in Ireland.
We start a new operation in Eindhoven to cover the local markets in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The company continues to grow fast and we open a new warehouse in Avonmouth, Bristol, UK.
Continuing the expansion of our European operations, we open a new French business in Combs-la-Ville near Paris.
We continue to grow across Europe, with a new Spanish operation in Valencia and the expansion of our Dutch operation to include Germany.
Our UK business is still growing at a breath-taking pace and we open a second warehouse in Avonmouth, Bristol.
We buy Pages, an established catering shop in London on Shaftesbury Avenue, which becomes our first retail store.
Our global expansion continues as we buy Caterers Warehouse in Australia, including locations in Castle Hill and Erina.
We open new retail outlets in the UK, in Birmingham and in Australia in South Melbourne.
We celebrate our 30th anniversary with new retail outlets in London and Leeds in the UK and in Sydney, Australia.
We introduce new retail outlets in London and Manchester in the UK, and Geelong and Brisbane in Australia.
We open six new retail outlets in the UK, plus Gold Coast in Australia.
We open our new distribution centre and retail outlet in Campbelltown in Australia.
Our retail presence keeps on growing, with 11 new stores in the UK and three in Australia.
We acquire Bradshaw Microwave and Mitre Linen, and take a stake in Space Catering (UK) Ltd.
Nisbets receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.
Nisbets achieves position 48 in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.
In 35 years we’ve become Europe’s largest distributor of catering equipment. This is all down to the hard work of our fantastic people. Their energy and commitment, innovative thinking and ability to adapt to different markets have always kept us ahead of the game and will continue to help shape our future.
"We have a great business and there is a very clear desire to grow the business a lot bigger, and we think we can do that. This will include organic and acquisitional growth. We want to increase the international footprint and deliver great service to our existing and new customers around the world.
"Nisbets is honoured to be in the top 50 of The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250, which celebrates our business success and cements our position as a significant contributor to the UK economy.
"Our growth confirms that Nisbets’ company values work in practice, and reassures us that we are supporting our customers in the right way"
A short film of highlights from our first Global Leadership Conference
A responsible business
By giving the planet a brighter future we’ll all benefit, so we’ve developed a set of corporate environmental aims:
0% landfill – By making our recycling facilities as efficient as possible.
Reduce paper waste – We offer email invoices and statements and re-use paper whenever viable.
Reduce energy and water consumption – By using energy efficient technology, we cut the resources we need.
Promote a sense of corporate and social responsibility – We encourage our people to devise ways to reduce our environmental impact. Such as installing solar panels on two of our UK offices, which cuts 111 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.More about our CSR programme
Our awards and recognition
In-house Recruitment Awards
South West Contact Centre Awards
The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250
Queen's Award for Enterprise
International Trade Award
ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards
South West Contact Centre Awards
Gold Trusted Service Award
Top 50 Companies for Customer Service
IRUK Top 500
Top Internet Retailer
Readers' Choice Awards
Best Equipment Distributor
Lifetime Achievement Award for Andrew Nisbet
Best Equipment Distributor
London Stock Exchange
Top 1000 Inspiring Companies to work for