Lockhart scoops CESA award double

Lockhart Catering Equipment won two out of three awards which rounded off this year’s CESA Heavy Equipment Forum at Whittlebury Hall Hotel in Towcester yesterday.

The dealer was voted by CESA members as having the distributor of the year initiative, while its regional sales director, Graham Knott, was awarded with heavy equipment sales person of the year honour.

Hampshire-based Catering Equipment Support grabbed the final distributor accolade, winning the outstanding sales initiative of the year award.

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Lisa Johnston, Catering Equipment Support’s business manager, commented: "We knew we’d been nominated for the award, but had no idea we would win. As our company is only 4 years old we were thrilled. We’ve worked really hard to build the business up and are constantly growing and developing.

"We have just purchased larger premises which we are having fitted out. We will have a brand new office, warehouse and demo kitchen. We are looking forward to moving in before the end of the year. We will be bringing clients in and having chefs demonstrate the equipment.

"This year we have taken on a commercial director, business manager and project manager who specialises in CAD so we can offer more to our clients and keep moving forward."

Earlier in the day, the event saw 15 suppliers demonstrating their latest products to groups constituting representatives of 27 different dealers. The format sees each supplier given a 30 minute slot to present to each group.

The suppliers comprised: Falcon, Victor Manufacturing, Jestic, Rational, Wexiodisk, Grande Cuisine, Hubbard Systems, RH Hall, Gram, Retigo, First Choice Environmental Solutions, Electrolux Professional, BGL Rieber, Manitowoc and Williams.

First Choice Environmental Solutions’ project manager, Martin Allen, commented: “This event has enabled us to explain why the Enviropure food waste elimination system is unique and why it is so widely used in North America, across all markets from health to education, and where we are in the UK markets.

"We’re delighted at how the day has gone and would like thank our colleagues at CESA for staging such a positive event.”

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