The first headline honour of the night, the Catering Insight Distributor of the Year, Nationwide Award, sponsored by Rational, praised those distributors that have completed complex and prestigious kitchen projects to the highest standard, up and down the country.
The voting for this award was neck and neck all the way and the lead changed hands several times, but the eventual victor was the Space Group.
The dealer has definitely had a big 2016, thanks to its buyout by Nisbets, and it is proud that it has been part of two very different but equally successful acquisitions, with its takeover of Holmes Catering Equipment less than 2 years ago.
The business is growing, including a roll-out of eight projects for one major aerospace client, all handed over within 8 weeks thanks to its Holmes and Interiors divisions. It has invested in upgrading machinery, as well as creating 10 new roles across the group.
Space MD, Ian Bidmead, collected the trophy, commenting: “These awards are about the whole company. We’ve got a big team in Gloucester, including designers, project managers, administrators and sales people – it’s for the whole team.
“We’ve had a huge year, including a big acquisition and everybody is looking forward to the future.”