As one of the largest catering equipment and service suppliers, Carford, part of the JLA group, offers support for both asset replacement and service cover. Carford is on hand to help maximise your facility to boost your business and revenue.

The Carford Group is a successful catering equipment distributor, offering commercial solutions to caterers. With 37 years of experience and in-house services, Carford has grown to be regarded as one of the UK’s market leaders for commercial kitchen equipment supply, installation and maintenance.

We strive to provide expert knowledge, quality equipment, competitive prices and great aftercare to all our customers. As part of the JLA group, we offer true National coverage. We work across a broad spectrum of market sectors including hotels, restaurants, healthcare, leisure, education and corporate.

Our History

Carford started in 1976 as a catering equipment service company with three founding partners; brothers, John and Len Carter, together with Mike Stanford. An amalgamation of their surnames gave us the brand you know today “Carford”.

The three engineers operated from Len’s home, carrying out repairs and servicing for local restaurants and cafes. A couple of years later, proving successful, more engineers were recruited to assist with all the service calls.
The company later relocated to a bigger facility, where commercial kitchen design and catering equipment supply services were added.

Nearly ten years later a stainless steel fabrication facility was started at a nearby factory to give clients bespoke fabrication and ventilation systems.

A decade later, relocation to Mitchell Road brought all the in-house services together under one roof. That year a management buy-out meant the company stayed in the hands of two senior members of staff, who had initially joined the company as engineers, nearly twenty years previous.

Over the next thirteen years, the company expanded and enhanced all its in-house services to suit the requirements of the customers, with the aim to give clients a total solution and a single source for all their catering needs.

In 2013 Carford joined the JLA Group. JLA’s Catering division offers a full range of commercial kitchen services, from single asset replacements to full service plans, backed up with service response from over 270 engineers across the UK.