Catering Insight Awards 2017: distributor of the year – rest of the UK shortlist

Dealers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be recognised in the Catering Insight Awards Distributor of the Year – Rest of the UK honour, sponsored by DC Products, for the exemplary work they are carrying out in those regions, whether it is the supply and installation of equipment or a full-service commercial kitchen design.

The shortlisted candidates are therefore:

Bunzl McLaughlin
Armagh-based Bunzl McLaughlin had a new 70,000ft2 permanent headquarters constructed this year, including 30,000ft2 of office space. Supplying to firms in the North and South of Ireland, the distributor boasts over 3,500 core items in stock available for next day delivery and access to over 50,000 products from the world’s leading manufacturers. With five sites across the Armagh region comprising two manned facilities and three storage units, Bunzl McLaughlin has seen its business grow year on year and has further ambitious expansion plans.

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HB Catering & Refrigeration
Swansea’s HB Catering & Refrigeration has had a stellar year, completing major projects including Elevens Bar & Grill in Cardiff for S A Braine & Co, a venue owned by football megastar Gareth Bale, and serveral Porthaven Care Homes. One of the biggest kitchens and bars for the distributor was in zipline experience centre Zip World in North Wales, which demonstrated its turnkey project expertise. It has also established its own fabrication facility, and for 2 years running has won CEDA technical awards.

Instock Group
It has been an extremely busy year for Aberdeen-headquartered Instock with the continued integration of Jazzpower, the Devon-based distributor it bought. Furthermore it purchased a bespoke fabrication company in the central belt of Scotland which it has expanded to offer its own fabrication, counters and canopies in house. The run of buyouts continued in October with Pride Shopfitting, now known as Pride Commercial Interiors. Major projects included two kitchens at Boclair House for Manorview Hotels, the new Days department store in Carmarthen and Hamilton racecourse for Sodexo.

JD Catering
2017 has been the year of innovation for JD Catering. The Cookstown, Northern Ireland-based distributor branched out into pizza oven brick supply, as it wanted to solve the problem of bricks being cracked in transit. Furthermore, it added two more strings to its bow, buying out a local motor maintenance company to be able to offer repair and maintenance of commercial catering motors, as well as launching a sister venture called SpaceBank to provide catering equipment storage, particularly useful during fit-outs.

Shine Catering Systems
Shine has increased its logistical and resource capacity management in order to tackle an influx of work. The Newport distributor introduced a full Enterprise Resource Planning tool to enable greater efficiencies in back office processes, as well as a unified quality, environmental and safety management system in preparation for ISO45001. Recent investments in its fabrication factory reorganisation, include a new control system for the laser cutter, new press brake and new sheet handling cassette system costing £250,000. Additional skilled staff have met customers’ high expectations.




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