Innovation propels PKL to worldwide success
PUBLISHED: 11:17 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 03 May 2017
A move into military and humanitarian equipment is helping propel the innovative Cheltenham manufacturer to even bigger success
PKL, based in Bishop’s Cleeve, which supplied innovative temporary kitchens to the 2016 Rio Olympics and Pan American Games in Toronto, has been named 20th in the Sunday Times SME Export Track 100.
The poll ranks Britain’s 100 SME companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the past two years.
In the last financial year, PKL’s international turnover increased by 99.91 per cent to £6.8million and now, ambitious new development plans in the military and humanitarian sectors are set to see the company’s finances soar.
Since it was founded in 1988, PKL has grown its business to its current turnover of nearly £18 million.
With hundreds of temporary kitchens and 10,000 items of catering equipment available to hire, the company supports clients during refurbishments, emergencies and events.
PKL also offers a number of permanent modular kitchen solutions - including high-spec commercial kitchen buildings which are delivered to site as pre-built modules, ready for quick installation.
The company’s KitchenPod and Food Cube products have won industry awards for innovation and have proven popular particularly in the education and leisure sectors.
The company’s international division also delivers a wide range of specialist kitchen solutions to sites all over the world, from African mining camps to Antarctic research stations.
PKL’s managing director Lee Vines said: “We’ve taken on some very high-profile and complex contracts this year.
“They have allowed us to demonstrate the skills in designing, equipping and project managing major projects that our brilliant team have.
“I’m very proud to lead this organisation of dedicated individuals who give everything each day to make sure we help our clients succeed.
“We have a development plan in place which we believe will allow us to continue this growth, working with military and humanitarian clients.”