The distributor winners of last week’s Catering Insight Awards have spoken of their delight at their category triumphs.
The winning companies in each category were announced on 9 December during a gala ceremony at the Hurlingham Club, London, in front of over 200 high ranking attendees.
With over 100 industry executives voting on the awards, these accolades can truly be said to have been chosen by the industry.
Leading the victors was C&C Catering Equipment, which scooped both the Distributor of the Year: North of England category, sponsored by Blue Seal, and the Distributor of the Year: Nationwide honour, sponsored by Rational.
C&C’s MD, Peter Kitchin, commented: “We were delighted to win the awards, especially as the votes were made by our suppliers. We have always tried to have a fair, honest and businesslike relationship with them, and are delighted that they voted for us.
“To win the distributor North award was fantastic. To win the distributor Nationwide was the icing on the cake. We thank Catering Insight for their involvement and also thank all the sponsors who backed this superb event.”
Paul Neville, MD of CHR Equipment, reported that his dad and former MD of the firm, Ron Neville, was “blown away” by his Lifetime Achievement Award. “Thank you for recognising him as part of the Catering Insight Awards. The catering industry has been his world for most of his life and I know that this means the world to him.”
Over at Wilcox Burchmore, joint MDs Cathy Wilcox and Michael Burchmore were celebrating the company’s triumph in the Emerging Distributor of the Year category, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment.
“To say we’re over the moon doesn’t begin to cover it!” said Wilcox. “After 4 and a half years of hard work and determination were thrilled to win the Emerging Distributor category at the Catering Insight Awards. We have focused on total customer satisfaction – not just in words but through actions. It’s fantastic to be recognised and rewarded for this.”
Vision Commercial Kitchens was also pleased to be voted as the winner of the Distributor of the Year: Project Management category, sponsored by Falcon Foodservice Equipment. MD, Jack Sharkey commented: “Being recognised for the work we do is always good, but to be recognised by your peers, adds a little something special to the award.
“I was especially pleased to see we were shortlisted alongside some of the best companies in the UK and to be seen and recognised as such is testament to the team at Vision and all the hard work they put in.”
Tag Catering Equipment’s Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year award, sponsored by First Choice Group, was gladly received too. "We are absolutely delighted to have won the award for service and maintenance provider. This award is a reflection of all the hard work the whole team puts in every single day, so to be recognised is a fantastic accolade," said MD, Michaela Stephens-Smith.
The Distributor of the Year: South of England award, sponsored by Hobart was a welcome accolade for Dentons Catering Equipment. “The award we received is for all the hard work Dentons team put in and it is an honour to be recognised. It sent a real positive buzz around the whole company,” said Mike Nunn, sales director.
Meanwhile, for the Distributor of the Year: Rest of the UK category, sponsored by DC Products, the win of Shine Food Machinery went down very well. “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Catering Insight Awards as it endorses our policy of partnering our supply chain. We feel that these valued relationships are fundamental to our continued growth,” said MD, Julian Shine.
At Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment, it was celebrating its Online Distributor of the Year win. Marketing director Simon Armer commented: “We’re obviously delighted to have won this award against very stiff competition.
“We’ve done a huge amount of work in the last 12 months to improve the quality of our content and SEO, as well as ensuring that our promotional offers delivered genuinely market-leading prices. It’s great to see all that effort being recognised by this award.”