Family-run firm continues to grow

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Kelso-based family company Gill Orde in Catering is targeting further expansion following a threefold increase in sales over the past four years and its recent shortlisting for the prestigious Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards.

The company, which has been operating for almost 20 years, has seen an increase in demand for its services in recent years, which include bespoke wedding, corporate and private event catering.

The business also operates visitor centre cafe restaurants and an event catering service at a number of historic houses in the area.

To keep up with the increased demand, the company is looking to recruit a senior sales and event manager and an operations assistant.

They will join a team of 18 full and part-time staff, which is also bolstered by around 30 casual staff.

Last week it was announced that Gill Orde in Catering, which is run by brothers Justin and Christian Orde, along with their parents Gill and Michael, is one of three finalists in the Independent Event Caterer category of this year’s CIS Excellence Awards.

In partnership with the Abbotsford Visitor Centre, the business has also reached the final of the Sustainable Business category for its operation of the Ochiltree’s restaurant at Abbotsford.

Justin Orde, director, said: “We’re delighted that our business is going from strength to strength and we are extremely proud to be one of only three companies to make it to the final of the Independent Event Caterer category of the Scotland-wide CIS Excellence Awards.

“We think the nomination, and our continuing success, prove that our commitment to customer service and to using the finest local ingredients is a real recipe for success.

“We would like to thank our staff, suppliers and customers for their continued support, which enables us to deliver delicious food and incredible events that are amongst the very best in the country.”

Justin added: “We are greatly looking forward to the awards final.”

The CIS Excellence Award winners will be announced at a dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on May 29.