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Catering company saved by acquisition

Around 15 jobs have been saved after a Co Armagh catering firm was bought out of administration for an undisclosed sum.

P Nugent & Son had been selling catering equipment for almost 30 years and was sole distributor of Zanussi Professional in Northern Ireland, before hitting trading difficulties last month.

Now the Unitech Industries Group has acquired the trade, business and assets of the firm after striking a deal with administrators Cavanagh Kelly.

Unitech and its subsidiary, ScoMac Catering Equipment, said it plans to increase staffing levels as the business regains its place in the market.

The new company plans to trade as ScoMac Nugents, serving the Nugents established customers as before.

There will also be a new ScoMac Catering Equipment branch in Lurgan, which will provide a kitchen design, manufacture and installation service for the whole of Ireland.