Family firm Tibard serves up business award success

DUKINFIELD firm Tibard, the UK’s leading chefswear and hospitality uniform provider, was nominated in the large manufacturer category at the inaugural North West Family Business Awards.The awards, which took place on March 6, provided a fantastic opportunity for family firms to share and celebrate their success stories, and Tibard was one of them.

Founded in 1979 by husband and wife John and Sue Shonfeld in a back room at their home in Mottram, Tibard has long been the clothing of the hospitality industry, both here and across the globe.

Originally it was just the two of them, selling chef jackets and providing laundry services to local restaurants. Since that day, the business grew exponentially into a leading manufacturer and supplier of uniforms to all business sectors.

Since then, several members of the Shonfeld family have come aboard to help steer the company into one with a £10 million turnover and the launch of luxury chefswear brand Oliver Harvey.As of 2019, Tibard employs more than 100 people in the UK including expert machinists, designers and engineers at their newly expanded manufacturing facility on Broadway, Dukinfield.

After leaving their family home, John and Sue moved in 1982 to a small industrial unit in Denton.

They built their own 30,000 square feet factory at Broadway in 1989 and that doubled in size in 2018 when they purchased the building next door to create a much larger manufacturing hub.

In 2001 they acquired an Ashton laundry operator to form Tibard Laundry Services and in 2009 launched their Oliver Harvey heritage chefswear range.

Tibard now makes more than 10,000 workwear items a week for chefs, front-of-house and kitchen staff. With customers including some of the biggest restaurant chains in the country, including TGI Fridays, Pizza Express and Wagamama, Tibard is incredibly proud to serve such corporate groups as a family business.

The inaugural awards took off in first class style, underneath the wings of Concorde no less! The glittering awards ceremony was held in a purpose-built hangar at Manchester Airport that is home to the iconic G-BOAC British Airways Concorde, the famous flagship of the British Airways fleet.

Commercial director Rick Shonfeld, John’s son said: “We’re made up about this award because we have several instances of the relatives working under the Tibard umbrella.

“Family is important to the success of the business and it helps to keep us all find new success.”

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