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13 January 2011 | Angeline Albert
Hospitality and catering business Westbury Street Holdings has hired Anil Alim as its procurement and supply chain director.
Alim, the former European purchasing director for office products wholesaler Spicers, will report to finance director Marc Bradley and will be responsible for developing supplier relationships. The firm has 1,600 vendors including individual farmers.
Alim will oversee a purchasing budget in excess of £123 million that the company said is “expected to increase significantly in line with growth plans for the coming five years”.
He sees his new role as continuing to build on sustainable purchasing with the focus on building long-term relationships with UK food producers and farms.
He said: “I was attracted to the company’s values around being the best at what it does at all levels and having the ability to approach the market in a creative and innovative fashion to achieve the right results for everyone in the supply chain. The importance that Westbury places on provenance and seasonality offers exciting opportunities and challenges for the supply chain.”
Alim has 20 years’ experience as both a buyer and a supplier.
Westbury Street Holdings owns the hospitality and catering firms BaxterStorey, Caterlink, Holroyd Howe and benugo, as well as Portico front of house management services. The businesses had a combined turnover of more than £300 million last year.