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Tibard celebrates its 40th year

Chefswear and hospitality uniform provider Tibard has celebrated its 40th year with massive expansion and a commitment to investing in British manufacturing.

The company, founded by husband and wife John and Sue Shonfeld in Mottram, Tameside in 1979 has just unveiled a newly renovated 60,000 sq ft site in Tameside, Greater Manchester, where it held an open-house to mark the occasion.

Tibard, which began selling chef jackets and providing laundry services to local restaurants, now makes over 10,000 workwear items a week for chefs, front-of-house and kitchen staff at some of the biggest restaurant and take-away chains in the country, including Harry Ramsden, Pizza Express and Wagamamas.

Reflecting on the past 40 years, founder John Shonfeld said: “Tibard was born out of the local hospitality and catering industries need for high-quality chefswear and this expanded to supplying restaurants with a reliable resource for all their uniform but being a family run business I believe makes us special as we’re approaching business with a personal approach that extends to everyone from customers to partners to employees.”

Talking of the celebrations, managing director Ian Mitchell added: “Showing appreciation to staff, customers and suppliers is important to us.

“A company like ours is built off the relationships we have with people around the country, and we wanted to bring everyone together for one night because we couldn’t have built such a successful company if it wasn’t for everyone who works tirelessly to make Tibard the place it is today.”

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