Britain’s leading purchasing company, Beacon, has signalled its continued growth and intention to expand with the appointment of Richard Judge as Head of Commercial Operations. The appointment will see Beacon further develop its range of central services to benefit new and existing customers.

Richard previously worked as commercial director for his own business, working predominantly with NHS orthodontist practices to understand their business and improve profitability.

In his role at Beacon Richard will be responsible for the leadership of the Commercial Operations function, which involves overseeing the development of new and additional services to complement Beacon’s existing offering to over 1800 hospitality, leisure and healthcare businesses in the UK.

Richard has a wealth of experience in the food purchasing industry in a range of roles spanning hotel consultancy, hospitality management and business efficiency. With his experience including setting up businesses in Ireland and Dubai, Richard is able to take an advisory role with Beacon’s customers in order to help them access support that helps them to drive commercial efficiencies.

“I had been following Beacon for many years, but it was after Beacon rebranded in 2013 that I really noticed them and I knew it was a company that was growing fast," says Richard.

"It was Beacon’s reputation in the industry and the quality of work the team is carrying out for its customers that led to me approaching them when I returned to the UK from Dubai. I have already had the opportunity to work on a multitude of different projects and I’m excited to work with Beacon as it continues to grow and support the UK hospitality, leisure and healthcare industries.”