Catering Insight Awards 2017 winner: Emerging Distributor of the Year

L-r: Clare Nicholls, editor, Catering Insight, Richard Norman, national sales manager Jestic Foodservice Equipment; Lee Swiffen, director, iFour Hospitality Design; Paul Martin, director, iFour Hospitality Design; and Andrew Seymour, Promedia Publishing editorial director.

The Catering Insight Emerging Distributor of the Year Award was open to kitchen houses that have been trading for 5 years or less but have made an impact quickly.

This can certainly be said of this year’s winner iFour Hospitality Design, which not even 2 years old but has won this category for a second time in succession.

The firm has had an extremely successful second year in business, growing by 50% and working with a number of Michelin-starred chefs. This year it even started producing its own custom cook lines.

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The growth has enabled the distributor to invest in new staff members including projects assistants, and has launched a southern office to manage London projects. Following the London Bridge terror attack, the firm even paid for engineers to go to a client’s site to get the restaurant back in business within 24 hours.

iFour director Paul Martin reacted to the win, saying: “It feels great. Two great years, great support from Catering Insight, which is for me the go-to publication in our industry. We don’t support a lot but we support these guys because they support us a lot.

“Next year we’re going after the big guys and the big categories.”




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