History of a great refrigeration company


Epta UK was created when Cold Service joined George Barker within the Epta Group to form a new nationwide company supplying commercial refrigeration, air conditioning systems, after sales and maintenance services to the market in Great Britain.

Epta UK has a leading role in the market through the ability to design, install and service complex refrigeration projects as integrated systems with a full range of options, from display cabinets to medium and large capacity refrigeration packs and cold-rooms. Key to success in the UK market has been the flexibility and speed of response provided by manufacturing locally, while the support of the Epta group contributes other strengths, such as the ability to count on a network of manufacturing plants around the world.

The heritage of Epta UK comes from two companies known as leading players in the refrigeration market.

Founded in 1928, the George Barker brand earned a strong reputation as a designer and manufacturer of custom-made refrigerated cabinets and systems. In time the brand became synonymous with a high level of technical expertise and great manufacturing flexibility for the UK retail market. In 1999 George Barker joined the Epta group. GB capitalized on the experience of its own R&D department and the knowledge and products within the rest of the Group to develop cutting-edge technical solutions.

The business started in 1956 servicing the local community in and around Dorset and Hampshire. Cold Service grew into a professional and widely respected installation and service organization working with many national retailers and organizations. When Cold Service became part of the Epta Group in 2014 it was one of the UK's leading providers of turnkey commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems with over 60 years of industry experience. Cold Service is also a key supplier of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment to Food-To-Go, Coffee Shops and other HoReCa markets.

Together these companies have formed Epta UK; one team capable of supplying innovative, turnkey solutions all across the UK.