Foodservice purchasing group Equinoxe Solutions has announced plans to double its £15m turnover over the next 18 months.

The company acts as an outsourced purchasing ­department for caterers and makes its money by charging food distributors a commission.

By ordering in bulk on behalf of its customers, Equinoxe said it could ­reduce caterers' spending by at least 15%.

"We are committed to helping our customers reduce the cost of goods and increase their profitability," said business development director Rob Kemp. Our combined purchasing power means that our clients can enjoy the advantages that only much larger organisations would usually be able to benefit from."

Last month Equinoxe awarded a £2.5m contract to supply Northcutts garden centre group to DBC.