Company timeline

How it all began

Allan English founded SilverChef in 1986.

Rent-Try-Buy® was invented almost a decade later, when Allan saw a need to help Australian businesses get access to revolutionary new pizza ovens.

Rent-Try-Buy enabled customers to try the oven in their business, and then buy it or return it.

This unique finance product is still the cornerstone of our offering today.

Our roots in philanthropy

In 2010 Allan and Tessa English set up the English Family Foundation, through the donation of half of their family’s shareholding in SilverChef. 

The foundation established Opportunity International Australia as the cornerstone of its grant portfolio. Through this partnership with Opportunity, SilverChef helped lift more than 1.5 million people out of poverty around the world. 

In 2020 Allan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for philanthropy and services to the community.


In 2019 SilverChef was acquired by Next Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm.

This provided the necessary capital for SilverChef to grow globally.

Next Capital established a new board of directors and appointed Phillip Godkin as Chief Executive Officer. 


In 2021 SilverChef acquired our major competitor in Canada, Econolease.

Econolease is a well-established provider of hospitality equipment finance, with a team of more than 60 talented people.

The Econolease acquisition has enabled SilverChef to rapidly grow our business in Canada and broaden our geographical footprint. 

Where to from here?

From our original location in Brisbane, SilverChef has grown to seven offices across three countries. We’re now expanding into a fourth country, the United States, in 2022–23. 


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Join our team

We’re always looking for talented people to join our growing team. To check out our current vacancies or register your CV for future opportunities visit our Careers page.