Light equipment dealer buying group Caterbar has celebrated its 21st anniversary with a day at Newcastle Racecourse.

Suppliers, members, and their guests enjoyed an afternoon’s racing as part of the Northumberland Plate Festival.

Suppliers were invited to showcase new innovative products and services throughout the day.

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Then in the evening, the consortium held an award ceremony presented by company secretary Roger Crosby of Crosby’s at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Newcastle.

Caterbar members judged the suppliers which had presented their products during the day for a special award, which was won by in EcoTech (Europe) for the presentation by its MD, Paul Brownhill.

The rest of the award winners and commendations comprised:

Hygiene award, commended – Waypoint, said by Caterbar’s executive officer, Richard Agnew to have a unique product range, supported by a full range of samples, and “whilst the p-wave deodorant mat is now often copied, it is still the class leader”.

Hygiene award winner – SCA, which Agnew feels “works diligently and conscientiously at a local level, with the perfect blend of distributor sales team and end user support”.

Tabletop award commended – Nevilles UK, with the Agnew commenting: “Excellent service levels and constant new product development, it is a company which has demonstrated an affinity to Caterbar ideals and independent distributor support.”

Tabletop award winner – TableCraft, and Agnew stated: “Great value products, but no compromise on quality, this fairly young company has grown exponentially over recent years and is now considered a serious operator across several product categories such as bar and kitchen.”

Product of the Year award – Seasons by DPS Tableware, about which Agnew commented: “Whilst there are many variants on the theme of rustic on-trend dining options, this range is commended for its price point and company strategy of limited, independent support.”

Sales Team of the Year – Churchill, with honourable mentions for Stephen Waite at SCA, Paul Uterson at Artis, Stuart Berry at Northwood, and Rachel Low at Beaumont.

Overall Winner – Holchem, where Agnew reported: “In the last 2 years alone this company has seen an overall rise in turnover with the members of more than 100% and when looking back at its fairly short trading history with Caterbar you can see how its measured, patient, supportive approach has finally paid dividends.

“Members highly commend its local sales support and hassle free approach to help in a market dominated by big conglomerates. In particular the end user visits and cost analyses have been a huge benefit in winning business.”