Epta UK celebrates 90 years of refrigeration

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Published: 31 May 2018


Epta celebrated its presence in the UK and its history in commercial refrigeration, which began 90 years ago in 1928 with the founding of George Barker.

Spread across three days in Bradford, the event began with a customer day where Epta Group experts presented on key topics from the Future of Food Retail to EptaConcept – customised solutions for stores. A tour of the Bradford factory highlighted the substantial investment in the UK.
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Lord Mayor of Bradford Zafar Ali officially opened the new showroom alongside Epta CEO and Chairman, Marco Nocivelli
On the second day, the newly appointed Lord Mayor of Bradford, Zafar Ali officially opened the new showroom alongside Epta CEO and Chairman, Marco Nocivelli. It was a day of celebrating the success of the UK business over the 90 years of history as well as the people at the heart of the business, with four team members were recognised for over 40 years of service to the company.

​The day ended with a charity presentation to Cancer Research UK. The Epta UK team has completed many fundraising challenges in the last two years, from football tournaments to sponsored walks, and presented a cheque of £15,000 to the charity.


The final day was dedicated to employees past and present as a time to reminisce and celebrate together.

From cold rooms to the first serve-over cabinets, the company has evolved and diversified its offer with bespoke solutions combining design and technology.


Since George Barker joined the new Epta Group in 1999, followed by the acquisition of Cold Service in 2014 and the creation of Epta UK in 2017, the company is now a leader in the UK in the design, installation and maintenance of complete refrigeration and air conditioning systems for the large-scale retail, HoReCa and food & beverage sectors.