Hobart speaks out on GPS tender success

Hobart UK has made its first public comments on the recent success it enjoyed with the public sector tender process for catering equipment products.

Hobart was the only manufacturer to satisfy the Government Procurement Service’s (GPS) criteria following a tendering process that has created much controversy in the market.

Many suppliers criticised the process for being onerous and overly complicated, prompting the GPS to recently pledge that it would review the set-up in future and provide greater support to suppliers with completing the tenders more effectively.

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Out of 60 suppliers which registered for the tender, only 31 ended up submitting applications. Out of those, 4 submitted incomplete tenders, 2 submitted non-compliant tenders and 24 failed at the selection stage.

That left Peterborough-based Hobart as the only manufacturer which satisfied all of the GPS’ requirements and proceeded to the award stage in the three categories it submitted tenders for.

Hobart was awarded a framework to supply food preparation, prime cooking, and warewash and waste disposal equipment to the public sector.

The manufacturer’s public sector business is managed by Roger Kellow and he said the GPS was right to demand the highest standards from prospective suppliers.

“We understand and appreciate every sector has its own needs, given the scope and demands of the public sector procurement, it was right to demand excellence of the supply chain,” he stated. “One of the unique aspects of our operation is that we have dedicated Government Business Managers. There’s a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the team, which means we have an unrivalled level of expertise in this area.”

David Riley who is responsible for warewash and food prep at Hobart UK, said the company’s work in the government sector stretches back to more than a century, noting that its first ever UK customer was a hospital.

“To have been successful on all three lots for food preparation, cooking, warewashing and waste disposal is an enormous achievement and a reflection of our catering equipment excellence,” said Riley.

Ian Garner, managing director of cooking at Hobart, added: “We are delighted to extend our long-standing relationship with GPS and to be considered suitable to supply catering equipment under the three lots.”

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