Cornwall Catering Equipment founder, Peter Bragg, scooped the headline honour at last night’s Cedabond Awards.
The ceremony took place during the CEDA/Cedabond Networking Dinner, which is part of the CEDA Conference at St George’s Park Hotel in Burton on Trent.
Bragg was the recipient of the Bob McNab charity award, for the Cedabond member or supplier who has made an outstanding contribution to charity.
He was recognised for his tireless work for Aid4orphans, among other worthy causes. Bragg and his wife started the charity following a family holiday in Kenya, and for the last 10 years they have been assisting children and families living in poverty.
Not only have they set up a children’s home in Kenya, but have also initiated a sponsorship scheme that has paid school fees, built classrooms and provided equipment and vital supplies for schools, as well as boosting employment.
Much of this work was achieved while Bragg was running Cornwall Catering Equipment, then in 2016 he teamed up with Allsop & Pitts to give him more free time to concentrate on his charity activities.
Other winners last night included JDS Catering Equipment, as the most improved Cedabond member, beating Allsop & Pitts and Shop-Equip.
Churchill China took the award for ‘most improved supplier – light equipment’, ahead of Zodiac Stainless Products and Thunder Group, while Middleby UK gained the title in the heavy equipment category, with IMC and Maidaid as runners-up.
Cedabond chairman and executive director Phil Martin commented: “Our annual awards are yet another way to show our gratitude for the continued support that we get from our members and suppliers, support that helped us to achieve yet another year of double digit growth in 2017.
“While we offer our congratulations to this year’s worthy winners, it has to be said that everyone in the Cedabond family is a winner and we wish them all continued success in 2018.”
Fundraising throughout the conference is raising money for the charity set up in memory of Whitco founder, Jeff Whitaker, Jeff’s Way, with £2,625 collected last night.