Ed's view: Business in the front, party at the back

Well the catering equipment industry sure knows how to party, if December’s Catering Insight Awards are anything to go by.

Over 200 high level executives came along to the gala ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in London, and from the feedback we’ve received so far, a good time was had by all.

Furthermore, we actually doubled the number of people we were expecting at the official after-party in the Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair – and I can tell you from personal experience, the dancefloor was full to bursting and the partying went on way into the small hours.

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The Hurlingham Club proved to be a fitting location to mark the accomplishments of catering equipment suppliers and distributors at the end of what has been a busy and successful year for many.

And to have so many senior executives and esteemed organisations from the industry present in the room really was a huge honour.

We feel it is hugely important to recognise the efforts of the individuals and organisations that are excelling in the marketplace and working hard to better their businesses every day. The only sad thing is that there could only be one winner in each category!

But it seems that the fact the winners were decided by votes from the industry itself has really resonated with all attendees, and especially the victors.

Everyone appreciated that these accolades are truly awarded by the industry, for the industry.

Congratulations once again to all the finalists – and especially the winners – and a big thank you to our sponsors and all those that attended for making it such a memorable night. A full report on the event and the winners starts on page 16 of Catering Insight’s January issue.

However, with the party season coming to a close now, thoughts turn to the New Year and a fresh start.

You can see my new beginning for yourself above, as my profile picture has now been updated thanks to the wonderful professional photographer at our awards, who snapped all of the guests on the red carpet and during the prizegiving itself.

For the industry, this year looks to be positive once again. It’s no secret that the UK foodservice market is growing exponentially year on year, as new concepts spring up on the high street and operators open up dozens of sites.

But without the foresight and vision of the catering equipment market, such businesses would never have the back-end operation that makes them excel.

So here’s to a great 2016 for all – and I especially look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry over the next 12 months at this year’s Catering Insight Awards next December!

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