A rewarding business

Everyone loves a bit of recognition for a job well done.

And there are so many top class people and companies in the catering equipment industry which are definitely worthy of honour, that Catering Insight decided to publish a whole supplement dedicated to 50 distributor personalities who are going above and beyond the call of duty.

This Power List is a companion to the July issue of this magazine, so to find out who has made the cut, please access the supplement here.

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But it is not just Catering Insight rewarding the industry – there are many accolades that have been achieved recently.

Cambridgeshire-based dealer, BI Catering Equipment Services, won Acquisition International’s Best Catering Equipment Service Provider – East Anglia award, a feat made more impressive in light of the fact the firm has only been in operation for less than 3 and a half years. It just goes to show, even new entrants to the market can achieve great things quickly.

As the July issue went to press, light equipment buying consortium Caterbar was due to hold its second Supplier Forum and industry awards, and considering the cumulative group turnover has grown to around £100m, there is much to celebrate. It will be a double celebration too, as Caterbar turns 20 this year.

Good work has not gone unrecognised for the First Choice Group either. Following months of reviewing its internal processes, it believes it has created a quality management system capable of delivering a service that both meets and strives to exceed its customers’ needs and expectations. This saw the British Standards Institute certify that the spares and servicing company meets ISO 9001:2008 standards, an exemplar for quality.

Elsewhere, Gwynedd-based Metcalfe Catering Equipment passed a rigorous independent assessment and accreditation process to become an Altius Assured Vendor. The quality benchmark could enhance the supplier’s reputation and standing.

That, in essence, is the main driver behind awards, certification and accreditation: prestige. If a distributor, supplier, equipment manufacturer or service provider is deemed worthy enough to receive an accolade, it creates a virtuous circle of raising that company’s stature, which in turn creates more trust from its customers, which then results in more business.

Hard work and high standards should be rewarded and we here at Catering Insight hope that through highlighting this industry’s achievements, and in particular through our inaugural Power List, we can contribute to boosting those that deserve recognition.

Furthermore, keep your eyes peeled for the launch of the Catering Insight Annual Awards – more details will be revealed soon.

 

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